In 1992 while Richard Paul Evans was an advertising executive, he wrote a story about parental love and the meaning of Christmas for his daughters. The story, The Christmas Box, was copied and passed around to relatives and friends, and was published. It was the number-one selling book on both the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists simultaneously. The book went on to be translated into 17 languages. The Christmas Box was adapted as an Emmy-winning television movie in 1995 starring Richard Thomas and Maureen O'Hara. Evans' second book, Timepiece, was also adapted to television by Hallmark. Evans has appeared in Time, Newsweek, People, and USA Today and has been seen on the TV shows Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show. He is also a public speaker, traveling the country to bring awareness of the problem of neglected and abused children. In 1997, Evans used his Christmas Box Foundation to begin a shelter for abused and neglected children called the Christmas Box House. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.