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Tuesday, July 2 2013, 10:20 AM MDT
Person 2 Person: Richard Paul Evans
He has had 23 consecutive New York Times bestselling novels, but he doesn’t take any of them for granted. Richard Paul Evans is not only passionate about his writing but his family as well. Shauna Lake got a chance to sit down with the father of five as he opens up about his family as well as his battle with Tourette syndrome, in this week’s “Person 2 Person.

Below is a transcript of Shauna’s interview with Richard Paul Evans:

SHAUNA LAKE: It seems like writing comes very easy to you. What’s something that comes difficult to you? I think people would be interested to know.
RICHARD PAUL EVANS: Writing is difficult. Writing is always difficult. I have attention deficit disorder with my Tourette syndrome and so it makes me crazy to sit in the same place. That’s why my books move so quickly, because I get bored too easily. So it actually has worked out to my benefit. But writing is always hard.

SHAUNA LAKE: You have Tourette syndrome? I did not know that. What is that like, living with that?
RICHARD PAUL EVANS: It’s okay now. When I was young it was hard because I had more than 20 different ticks. They don’t stand out now, where I can hide them. I have three symptoms so to speak. I have ticks. They’ve been vocal ticks. I don’t swear, but I have the impulse to. I have the need to touch sharp objects. Usually I just take like a dollar bill and fold it into a sharp corner and just touch it. It brings me comfort. The third is the impulse to spit in the face of famous people. I was in the oval office with the President of the United States, and the impulse was so strong I had to bite my tongue literally. I was terrified I was going to do it. I had to walk backwards, walk away from him. My wife stepped in and started talking to him.

As a child, things weren't always like they are today. He and his family struggled to just make ends meet.

RICHARD PAUL EVANS: Growing up, we lost three homes. I’ve slept on the floor for several years actually. So I kind of know both. I prefer having money than not having money, but I’ve lived both ways. I guess I’m still scared. I’m always scared. I take big risks. I took big risks with my first book, I still take big risks. I’ve lost a lot of money on things I’ve tried. I think life is about experiences and trying things and swinging for the fence. So it doesn’t mean I can’t lose it all. Most millionaires lose all their money at least once.

Richard says he's thankful for his readers support and says they deserve credit for his success.

I love my readers. We’ve been doing this a long time and most writers don’t last. I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and some of them have stuck with me since the Christmas Box. They’re incredible. They never cease to amaze me. I go on tour and they’re so grateful and so loving, and I really owe it all to them. It drives me. When I write a book, I’m going to give them the best I can give them because they deserve it.

Tell me a little bit about your family, five children? You guys have been married how long?
RICHARD PAUL EVANS: Twenty-eight years, twenty-nine years. We have a grandson and he is so cute. I am so pathetic. I did not have a close relationship with my grandparents on my mother’s side. They died before I was three, and on my father’s side, my mother wasn’t close to them. I never saw them, and so I didn’t know what it was like to be a grandparent or to have a close relationship. So when Sam was born two months ago, holy cow. He is so cute.

Describe what it’s like being a father to five.
RICHARD PAUL EVANS: My kids are fantastic. You know as I said before we started, they’re the biggest challenge of my life. They’re difficult. We live in a hard world and these kids have hard temptations and you just pray every day that they’re going to make it and you do everything you can and just give so much love. When there’s an eclipse, you just pray for the sun to come out again. They all have to go through it. They all have to go through it. I’m happy to say I’ve seen they all come out of it. I’ve seen them prosper, do well, and I’m so grateful because I know there’s not always happiness.

SHAUNA LAKE: And it just hurts so much because you love them so much.
RICHARD PAUL EVANS: I have shed more tears over my kids than anything, a hundred times more. There are times when you think, it’s just too much. It doesn’t matter if you have money or power or fame, it’s like they’re your kids and if they’re hurting, you can’t be happy. It’s impossible.

Thank you so much. It was so nice getting to know you “Person 2 Person.” I really appreciate it.

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 best selling author of The Christmas Box and each of his 23 novels have appeared on the New York Times best seller list. For more information, visit

Shauna Lake Interviews Richard Paul Evans - New York Times Best Selling Author

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-Produced by Leslie Tillotson

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