Apr 1, 2003
Question: Why did you combine a love story with a dark character in a thriller?
Nicholas Sparks: I wanted to create a character who added an element of danger to the novel, and Richard was the result. I did that because I wanted to write the type of novel that I hadn't written before, and because I think it's important for my readers that they don't read the same book over and over.
Q: How did you come to create such an obsessive, evil character?