Merry Christmas from Breaking Battlegrounds! This week, we are joined by bestselling author, Richard Paul Evans, whose novel The Noel Diary was recently adapted into a hit Netflix movie.
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author. 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. He has since written 41 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, and he is one the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has dozens awards for his books including the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards, the German Leser Priz Gold award for romance, and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award. Evan’s Michael Vey young adult series is a #1 New York Times bestselling series and has won numerous awards. His books have been translated into more than 22 languages and several have been international best sellers.
Seven of Evans’ books have been produced into major television productions starring such acclaimed actors as Maureen O’Hara, James Earl Jones, Richard Thomas, Ellen Burstyn, Naomi Watts, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lloyd, and Rob Lowe. His first feature film is currently in production with director Charles Shyer and starring Justin Hartley.
During the Spring of 1996, Evans’ founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah. To date, more than 125,000 children have been protected. In addition, his book, The Sunflower, was the motivating factor in the creation of The Sunflower Orphanage in Peru. Evans was awarded the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award and the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award. Evans is also the founder and CEO of BookWise, an international direct sales business.
As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Major, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children and two grandchildren.
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