His latest book, New Magic for a New Era is about creating “practical” magic into your everyday life. As you read it, you will feel the “magic” start to happen!!
Melanie Rockett: In your Amazon bio, it says you were a BBC Engineer who “accidentally” wrote a book and subsequently changed the direction of your life. I am curious to know how one goes about “accidentally” writing a book? Can you tell us what the book was and how it came to be?
Tom Evans: The book was called 100 Years of Ermintrude and, in poetic snapshots, it tells the story of how a woman became a centenarian backwards. I wrote the whole book on a Boeing 747 at 35,000 feet on the way to the Caribbean on holiday. When I got back someone told me I channeled it. As a result of this happy ‘accident’, I ended up walking around London in a bra for 26 miles for charity and I’ve now written another 10 books and ended up helping hundreds of other authors write theirs.
Melanie Rockett: Your new career involves writing and mentoring writers. Can you tell us a bit more?
Tom Evans: Soon after writing that first book, I researched how we ‘channel’ and get into the Zone. I trained in hypnotherapy and I discovered all writer’s blocks were actually life blocks. When we deal with with the life block, the writer’s block disappears instantly. Then by teaching people how to channel, I forged a permanent connection for authors with their Creative Muse.
Tom Evans: I engaged a coach last year, who didn’t know me, to look at my creative portfolio and suggest where I should take it next. She pointed out that I had never told the story of how a bored techie became a creative catalyst, mystic and healer. I said that my story was boring because I’d lived a charmed life without too much trauma and everything had landed in my lap. She suggested that the sharing of that secret was what the market was crying out for. The first chapter is entitled “No Hell and Back” and explores the notion that it’s not a given that life has to be tough.
Melanie Rockett: As a writer, how do you structure your projects? Do you write daily, or wait for inspiration … do you work on a project non-stop till done or bite by bite? How does your mentoring work into to your schedule?
Tom Evans: All my projects start with and run to a Mind Map. I can tap into inspiration on demand and even wrote a book on how to do so called The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments.
I meditate each day and then stay in trance while I write. I treat my chapters like clients with whom I have made appointments and I tend to write on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and then see clients on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Melanie Rockett: What is your best piece(s) of advice for writers trying to break in?
Tom Evans: To write something every day, no matter how small. Start with a blog and then use a blog as a seed for a book. Building a blog also allows you to lay the foundations on your Author Platform. Publish something on Kindle to get a toe in the water. Learn to love and learn from one star reviews as much as you celebrate five star reviews. Then just keep writing some more – but don’t give up your day job, just yet.
Melanie Rockett: Do you have another project in progress or on the back burner?
Tom Evans: I’ve just launched the world’s first time management program based on mindfulness, called Living Timefully. Apart from introducing it into businesses, I am also making it freely available to people with life shortening conditions to help them make the most of the time they have left. It’s the seed of a bigger initiative to give back for all the gifts I have been given.
Keep in touch with Tom Evans through his websites:
Main web site: http://www.tomevans.co
Living Timefully: http://www.livingtimefully.com
and check out all Tom Evans’ books: