From the page to the big screen: Getting to know Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans, "Michael Vey" author
Richard Paul Evans, "Michael Vey" author

Richard Paul Evans

Best-selling author Richard Paul Evans is no stranger to Hollywood and is best known for “The Christmas Box” that was also made into a movie of the same title in 1995. The made for TV movie starred Emmy-award winning actor Richard Thomas and Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara. To date, over 14 million copies of all his books are in print with “The Christmas Box” itself selling 8 million copies.

Evans believes in writing stories from the heart and wrote “The Christmas Box” specifically for his two daughters. “If had known my mother would be the only one to read the story, I would have still written it,” says Evans. “To let someone know that I understand their pain over losing a child is enough for me.”

The Utah-born author eventually wrote 18 novels, four of which have been produced as movies for television. Besides Hallmark’s “The Christmas Box,” the other movies are “The Locket,” starring Vanessa Redgrave and also on airing on Hallmark, as well as “The Timepiece” starring James Earl Jones and Ellen Burstyn; and another Christmas movie, “A Perfect Day” with Rob Lowe and Christopher Lloyd.

Evans’ first teen thriller, “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25,” is his way of reaching a younger audience as he presents an unlikely teenaged hero who has to overcome his fears and limitations to save his kidnapped mother. The plot seems simple enough but what makes Michael Vey so interesting is, although diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, he also has special “electrical powers.” The book debuted at No. 1 in August 2011. Book two in the series, “Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen” is due to release in August 2012.

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