Tom Evans Interview Published on: 17, Feb 2020

Tell us a little about your background and some lesser known facts about yourself.

I became an author, author’s mentor and specialist at clearing writer’s block, kind of by accident, in my 40s and a meditation teacher definitely by accident in my 50s. My 60s sees me morphing into a novelist. It is not widely known that I have become a modern day mystic and alchemist.

How has your family inspired and supported your dream to write?

My mother was a good writer and one of my brothers has written three novels. For my recent novel, another brother and a physicist checked all the scientific detail and gave me some great ideas so that it was all more plausible.

What are some of the other jobs you worked on before joining the writing industry?

I used to be a BBC TV engineer, a specialist in broadcast cameras and I had my own company that made innovate gadgets for TV cameramen.

Which fictional character would be the most exciting to meet in real life?

Zaphod Beeblebrox, Dumbledore or Gandalf

How much time do you "usually" spend on social media for promoting your books?

About 30-60 minutes a day, spread over the course of the day.

What were some of your inhibitions and fears while publishing your first book?

Not many as actually my 1st non-fiction book, called Blocks, dealt with exactly those fears. Previously I trained as a hypnotherapist so learned how to banish them, in myself and others, before I started writing. Each book I have written has extended my capabilities as a writer. I push myself to explore and experiment.

Soulwaves is a metaphysical and cosmological adventure across space and time. What inspired you to write this story?

I started writing this book first and have only just published. My inspiration was to make my esoteric and metaphysical research and experiences more accessible to a wider audience.

When you wrote the first book, did you primarily plan on writing so many books?

There was no plan. As each book got published, another book just started arriving.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Just having fun with words and sharing enlightening experiences.

How long did it take you to write "Mindful Timeful Kindful: An Introduction to Practical Mindfulness"?

This was quick, less than a month.

What are some under-represented themes or people you feature in your books and why do you think it is important?

My books are like Trojan Horses. At first, readers don’t necessarily know or recognise they are laced with deep magic.

How did you come up with the idea of writing "Planes of Being"? What challenges did you face while writing this book?

Planes of Being is simply based on the Minor Arcana of the Tarot. The only challenge was to make it accessible and not to go into too much detail.

Do you ever get messages or letters from your fans? What is one of the most encouraging things a fan has ever said to you?

I get loads of feedback and my latest novel, Soulwaves, has its own private Facebook Group. A review from my 1st book, 100 Years of Ermintrude, sticks in my mind and encouraged me to write more. A man said, “Stunning. I cried. That’s all.”

Can you tell us about your current projects? When can the readers expect your next book in print?

Now my novel Soulwaves is published, I am creating an album of meditative ambient music inspired by the book. There will also be a series of 12 guided meditations. Next I am working on the screenplay for the book and I plan a series of short story sequels and prequels.

How did you first come across the AllAuthor website? What do you like or dislike about the site?

I think I found it through the Alliance of Independent Authors Facebook Group. What I like is the rich repository of marketing tools. Nothing not to like.

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