Richard Paul Evans
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.
His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Three more of Evans's books have been produced as major television movies starring such names as: Rob Lowe, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Naomi Watts and Christopher Lloyd. Since then he has written 14 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. He also won the 2005 Romantic Times award for best women's novel.
In 1996, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to providing services for thousands of abused and neglected children and youth each year. They have serviced over 20,000 children. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.
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