Behind the Scenes Inspiration for Every Breath

In less than a week, my new novel, Every Breath, will be on store shelves! Right now, I’d like to share with you a little behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for this book, which came from two very separate places.

The first bit of inspiration was a familiar destination in my home state of North Carolina. There is a mailbox, well known to locals as “Kindred Spirit,” that sits out on a secluded stretch of coastline -- it’s a place where passersby fill a journal with their thoughts, fears, and dreams -- and while it has a rich history all its own, what has stayed with me all these years is the romantic notion of a lonely mailbox in the middle of nowhere filled with handwritten notes of love, loss, and hope.

The Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, NC

I then came up with the character of Tru when I was traveling in Africa. I was so impressed with the welcoming people, the exotic landscape, and the natural beauty and wildlife that I wanted to find a way to include a character from Zimbabwe into one of my books. I just had to figure out how to get him to North Carolina…. You can see some of my personal photos above as well as a short video clip about my travels for more insight.

I hope you enjoy reading about Tru and Hope, two strangers whose paths cross unexpectedly, and whose chance encounter becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals -- transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Sincerely yours,

P.S. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, the Every Breath book tour will be kicking off on release day, October 16, with my first stop in New York City. As of the writing of this newsletter, all scheduled tour events across the US remain on the calendar. Please continue to check this website for tour details. I look forward to seeing you on the road.

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Kindred Spirit is a special place in North Carolina that plays a large role in Nicholas Sparks' new novel Every Breath. Visitors are invited to share and leave behind their personal reflections while connecting with others who have filled the pages before them. Like leaving a note in the real Kindred Spirit mailbox, we invite readers and fans to visit the Every Breath digital mailbox to write an anonymous letter and get lost in the other messages left behind at deareverybreath.com.

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Every Breath Audiobook Preview

We're excited to share an exclusive preview of Nicholas' soon to be released Every Breath audiobook on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Narrated by South African-born actor Sean Cameron Michael and Vanessa Johansson, the audio edition of Every Breath adds an endearing layer of authenticity for a love story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals - transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate. 

The audio edition of Every Breath is available for pre-order now at Audible.com.

Book Tour News!

The release of my next book, Every Breath, comes the chance to visit with many of you during my book tour. I’m excited to share the US tour dates and locations that have just been finalized. Visit my website for the full list of book tour details. Please note that some of the events are ticketed due to limited space and they may sell out, so I encourage you to buy tickets early. I hope I get to meet you somewhere along the way.

If you haven’t heard yet, Two by Two is now available in paperback. Readers that pick up a copy of this latest edition are able to get a first look preview of Every Breath, but as a thank you for subscribing to my mailing list, here is a link to the excerpt of my new book and special author's note just for you. Let me know what you think of it on FacebookTwitter and Instagram by posting about it using #everybreath. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading about these new characters as much as I enjoyed writing about them.

In the meantime, I’m humbled to have one of my most popular novels, The Notebook, included in PBS’ “The Great American Read”. A new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign, the program explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels. As an avid reader myself, it is wonderful to see so many novels that I have personally enjoyed put together in one place. Watch celebrity interviews online and vote for your best-loved book before the series returns this fall at pbs.org.

Last but not least, thank you for your continued support. I look forward to sharing more news about my upcoming novel, Every Breath, with you shortly … stay tuned!

Sincerely yours,

PBS’ The Great American Read

This summer, I’m incredibly honored to have one of my most popular novels, The Notebook, included in PBS’ The Great American Read. A new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign, the program explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels. As an avid reader myself, it is wonderful to see so many novels that I have personally enjoyed put together in one place. Watch related videos and vote for your best-loved book before the series returns this fall!

 

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