I’m often asked which novel is my favorite, but that’s a question I can’t really answer. It’s like trying to choose between my children, and all I can say is that I like them all for different reasons.
I can say however, that A Walk to Remember was my favorite novel to write. I enjoyed the process of capturing the voice of a smart-alecky 17-year-old kid. Likewise with Jamie Sullivan. There was something intrinsically sweet about her character that gradually seemed to take over the book. It was also the only novel that made me cry while writing.
A Walk to Remember was inspired by my sister.
In many ways, Jamie Sullivan was my younger sister. Like Jamie, my sister was sweet. Like Jamie, my sister had tremendously strong faith. Like Jamie, my sister loved church. Like Jamie, my sister wasn’t popular at school. Like Jamie, my sister was always cheerful. Like Jamie, all my sister wanted in life was to get married.
And like Jamie, my sister got cancer.
Like Jamie, my sister met someone. And like Landon, there was a long period of time when this fellow couldn’t imagine himself marrying a girl like her. And yet, in the end, he couldn’t help himself. Even when he knew she was sick, even when he knew that she might not make it, this man asked my sister to marry him.
It was just about the sweetest thing that’s ever been done for anyone, and I suppose I wrote this novel not only so that you could get to know my sister, but so that you would know what a wonderful thing it was that her husband once did for her.
Sadly, my sister died in June 2000. She was thirty-three years oldm frequently asked which novel is my top pick, yet that is an inquiry I can’t generally reply. It resembles endeavoring to pick between my youngsters, and everything I can state is that I like them just for various reasons.
I can state in any case, that A Walk to Remember was my most loved novel to compose. I appreciated the way toward catching the voice of a shrewd alecky 17-year-old child. In like manner with Jamie Sullivan. There was something inherently sweet about her character that continuously appeared to assume control over the book. It was likewise the main novel that influenced me to cry while composing.
A Walk to Remember was roused by my sister.
From multiple points of view, Jamie Sullivan was my more youthful sister. Like Jamie, my sister was sweet. Like Jamie, my sister had enormously solid confidence. Like Jamie, my sister cherished church. Like Jamie, my sister wasn’t famous at school. Like Jamie, my sister was constantly chipper. Like Jamie, all my sister needed in life was to get hitched.
Furthermore, as Jamie, my sister got tumor.
Like Jamie, my sister met somebody. Furthermore, as Landon, there was an extensive stretch of time when this kindred couldn’t envision himself wedding a young lady like her. But, at last, he couldn’t encourage himself. Notwithstanding when he knew she was wiped out, notwithstanding when he realized that she won’t not make it, this man requested that my sister wed him.
It was just about the sweetest thing that is ever been improved the situation anybody, and I assume I composed this novel not just so you could become more acquainted with my sister, yet so you would recognize what a superb thing it was that her significant other once improved the situation her.