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Exclusive: Author Richard Paul Evans Opens Up About His Tourette's Syndrome & 'Michael Vey 2


"I don't people to say: 'There's the author with Tourette's.' I want people to say, 'Hey, there's the author.'

Richard Paul Evan's "Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen" is already number 8 on Amazon's top 100 books and expect that number to change -- as in get smaller.

The Michael Vey series has grown into one of the most popular among both adults and younger readers despite the total absence of vampires and wizards. Yes, an author can still write a book that appeals to a young audience without using vampires.

"I've gotten fan mail from '92-year-old teenagers' as one woman called herself," Evans told TheBlaze. "I have a lot of adult and youth readers. It really is one of those books that transcends the young adult. The genre has been so changed, where young adult books are appealing to adults too, and Michael Vey fits into that category."

Evans sat down with TheBlaze in Dallas and gave us an exclusive sneak peak into his brand new -- and already best-selling -- book. You can get your copy of "Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen" here.

"The book begins with them going back to Idaho to regroup, that's where Michael is from," the author explained. "And a few things happen. First of all, there are a couple traps waiting for them."

"And you also realize what the Elgin (the bad guys) are doing to take over the world. And what is scary is, it would actually work. It took me about 45 minutes to figure out how to take over the world," Evans added, chuckling to himself.

He explained that a large part of the book, though, is really about finding the inner power within ourselves and using it do the right thing, a concept that is regularly omitted from modern pop culture.

"The power I am most interested in is inner power," he said. "It's really about the love and hope that these kids have. And for Michael, his greatest power isn't his electricity, it's his heart. The reason he has done so well is because he loves. He loves his mother and is loyal to his friends."

Personality wise, Evans said Michael Vey reminds him of himself as a child almost completely. Like Evans, Michael Vey's character suffers from Tourette's syndrome, many times manifesting itself through a nervous tick.

But he didn't only use his own experiences to craft Micheal's character.

"I didn't actually write it for me. I wrote it for my son, Michael, who has Tourette's syndrome that is more severe than my own," Evans said. "So as I'm drawing the characters as coming through me, I'm really thinking about his experience and his life and how he has to get up in the morning and deal with Tourette's syndrome, which is not a small part of his life."

He continued: "What I wanted to write in the book is that... I didn't want my son to be defined by his Tourette's syndrome anymore than I want to be defined by it. I don't people to say: 'There's the author with Tourette's.' I want people to say, 'Hey, there's the author.' In the case of Michael Vey, people forget he has Tourette's syndrome as the book goes on, and that's a good thing because they are more focused on what he is doing and who he is."

Evans opened up even more about his Tourette's syndrome on Glenn Beck's show Friday, recalling a painful experience when he was a kid and a group of other children surrounded him and called him a "freak" because he was nervous and his face was twitching, displaying just how cruel people can be. He said growing up with the disorder was "terrible" but he was determined to not let it define him as a person.

Evans also told Beck that "Michael Vey 2" can be read on several levels. It can be read as just a fun adventure, but it can also be read it on a deeper level about finding the power within ourselves and making the kinds of decisions that we should be making on a day to day basis.

"There is something happening with this book... this is a great, great book," Beck said. "If you're ready to stop fighting with your kids about text message limits and start instead fighting over whose going to get to read the book next, this show is for you."

Beck is also urging his viewers to buy two first editions of each of the Michael Vey books and put one on a shelf. He believes they will one day be worth a lot of money -- similar to a first edition copy of Harry Potter, some of which have sold for nearly $30,000.

Watch Evans on the Beck's show via GBTV soon-to-become TheBlazeTV:

And without further adieu, here's a special sneak peak into "Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen":

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