Richard Paul Evans
Q: Where did you get the idea for this book?
A: A lot of A PERFECT DAY came from my own life. My first book became a huge bestseller, and
I found myself really torn, being pulled from my family and my wife. I was really settled in my home in Salt Lake
City, but all of a sudden meeting presidents and movie stars. It really is glamorous, but itís not an easy
thing. I wanted to capture that in A
Q: Did you find that you were pulled away from your family
A: I think that time hit me really hard. My first book was about learning the value
of your own family and children and putting priorities straight. It was a week before Christmas, and I was
leaving home to be on a TV show. I went
to kiss my daughter Jenna goodbye, and she said, ďDad, why did you write a book
about spending time with your children, and now youíre leaving again?Ē I felt a stab right through the heart.
Q: When you wrote this book in particular, did you think
about it being a movie?
A: Every now and then, Iíll think about a visual image of
the book. Itís something thatís deep
inside my head and heart, so itís a little difficult because I have to get into
an alternate reality, so I donít think so much about anything outside. I donít think that Iím going to write this,
and a million people will read this, I just have to capture it myself. Having said that, every now and then, Iíll
be writing a character, and Iíll think he acts an awful lot like this movie
star or this person and sometimes a
movie star or a part they play might affect the character. Actually Kevin Spacey did a lot. I was watching him in K-PAX, a movie
I loved. I think his attitude at the
time really affected the character I was trying to create with Michael the
angel in A PERFECT DAY.
Q: How involved are you in the making of this movie?
A: A writerís role in producing a television movie or a
feature film can really vary. I had a
good time with A PERFECT DAY because I was there from the very beginning. We talked about who would play the roles,
and they sent me an early script. They
were a little concerned because I thought it was a little bit edgier than the
book, but I was very pleased because thatís exactly the direction I would have
taken it. I donít always like the
scripts from so many books, but this one I really liked. I couldnít wait to see it as a viewer.
Q: What was the moral of this story?
A: The moral of A PERFECT DAY really is about life. I wrote in one of my books that the greatest
tragedy of life is not to die unknown by strangers, but unloved by those around
us, and I think that fits in here. You
can go out and have hundreds of people or thousands of people come to a book
signing, but you still go home alone.†
And I remember feeling really lonely on a book tour and thinking that I
just wanted my wife and my little girls.†
Iíd like to just hang out with them tonight.
Q: What are your thoughts on success and how it can overcome
A: Itís enticing and exciting, but itís not real, and thatís
the difference. It doesnít last. Itís gone quickly, and if you try to base
your life on something thatís not real, then you donít have much of a life. The key is to get both. I think the problem I encountered that led
to A PERFECT DAY is a struggle between a husband and wife. Itís interesting because, when I wrote it, I
didnít want to create a villain, because to me they were both equally
Q: Where does the drama in A Perfect day come from?
A: The drama in A PERFECT DAY comes from a man facing his
own mortality and deciding what really is important in life.