11/09/2011 04:57 pm ET | Updated Jan 07, 2012

Author Nicolas Sparks On The Essential Elements Of A Great Tearjerker Novel (VIDEO)

Tissues and red puffy eyes are all signs that you've been on the emotional roller-coaster that is a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Sparks is well known for his tearjerking tales and Hollywood has utilized his prose for numerous films such as The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe and the list goes on.

He's just released The Best of Me and it's already been picked up for a movie adaptation; this on the heels of The Last Song, which stars Miley Cyrus.

How does he consistently produce such sentimental work? Watch the video above to find out Sparks's essential ingredients to a great tearjerker.