Richard Paul Evans

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Richard P. Evans
Born(1962-10-11) October 11, 1962 (age 51)
Salt Lake City
NationalityAmerican
EducationCottonwood High School (Murray, Utah)
Alma materUniversity of Utah
GenresNovels
Spouse(s)Keri Evans
 
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Richard P. Evans
Born(1962-10-11) October 11, 1962 (age 51)
Salt Lake City
NationalityAmerican
EducationCottonwood High School (Murray, Utah)
Alma materUniversity of Utah
GenresNovels
Spouse(s)Keri Evans

Richard Paul Evans (born October 11, 1962 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American author, best known for writing The Christmas Box and, more recently, the Michael Vey series.

Biography[edit]

Evans graduated from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. He graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Utah in 1984. While working as an advertising executive he wrote a Christmas story for his children. Unable to find a publisher or an agent, he self-published the work in 1993 as a paperback novella entitled The Christmas Box. He distributed it to book stores in his community.

The book became a local bestseller, prompting Evans to publish the toast nationally. The next year The Christmas Box hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, inciting an auction for the publishing rights among the world's top publishing houses. Evans signed a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster, who paid Evans $4.2 million in an advance.[1] Released in hardcover in 1995, The Christmas Box became the first book to simultaneously reach the number-one position on the New York Times bestseller list for both paperback and hardcover editions. That same year, the book was made into a television movie of the same title, starring Richard Thomas and Maureen O'Hara.

Evans has subsequently written 31 nationally best-selling books,[2] including those for children, with conservative Christian themes and appealing to family values. His 1996 book Timepiece was made into a television movie featuring James Earl Jones and Ellen Burstyn, as were 1998's The Locket, which starred Vanessa Redgrave, and 2003's A Perfect Day, which starred Rob Lowe and Christopher Lloyd.

During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. To date, more than 35,000 children have been served by Christmas Box House facilities.

Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Keri and five children and one grandson.[3] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  1. ^ Woo, Elaine (October 13, 2011). "Margaret Tante Burk obituary: The co-founder of the Round Table West literary group was 93". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "KUTV 2News "Person 2 Person: Richard Paul Evans"". KUTV 2News Utah. June 14, 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "KUTV 2News "Person 2 Person: Richard Paul Evans"". KUTV 2News Utah. June 14, 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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