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Mike French is an author and the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here which has been called many fine things since it started in 2007 including, "Attractive, informative, sparkling and useful" by the late Iain M. Banks and for having a “great passion and drive” by Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy.

Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.

Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.

Mike's second novel a dsytopian sci-fi called Blue Friday was released in 2012 by Elsewhen Press and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2013. Convergence, his third book, was released in October 2013 from Elsewhen Press and was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2014. 

Blue Friday Launch at Novacon42

Well what can I say? I'm tired but happy - what a weekend.
It felt like a battle to get to Novacon in Nottingham - my clutch broke on my car on Thursday - stranding me in my car for over 2 hours outside the Mall in Luton the day before we were due to travel up.  My local garage raced to repair it on Friday and finished just in time for me to scoop up the kids from school to head up the M1.  A very long time later (about twice the time it should have taken due to an accident ) we arrived at the hotel for the convention. 
The first thing my kids spotted was this in the lift ...









Which they were very excited about - and I was as well!  Spent the evening chatting to my publisher who I'd never met face to face before - and they gave me and the family these Blue Friday T-shirts to wear for the launch day ...


They also placed a full page ad in the programme ...























The launch itself on the Saturday was great fun.  Elsewhen had booked the downstairs bar and had laid on wine and nibbles and even Avodah tablets ...










 
A load of people turned up - Novacon were great and went around announcing the launch was about to start with my kids helping!  I did a reading and signed copies and chatted to people - all wonderful!


The rest of Novacon was great fun with talks on Alan Turing, cover art, the science of beer, short stories ... all very enjoyable and very friendly.  And the hotel was nice - kids went swimming three times and each morning we sat down to a massive cooked breakfast. Wish I was still there!





A big thankyou to them and Elsewhen who for a small publisher pulled out all the stops and made the whole experience one I'll always remember. 

This is their dealer's table with all their lovely books - Blue Friday in good company.





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