Authornaut

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. 

An Android Awakes

From the author Mike French and artist Karl Brown, An Android Awakes is clever, intriguing, compelling and very cool.

Description
'The professor then desired me “to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work." At every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down.' Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

'She worked, as he had guessed, on the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department.' 1984 by George Orwell.

An Android Awakes :The struggle for survival and the fate of a story teller.

In the future some of us will become great writers, renowned artists, visionary filmmakers and talented photographers. Most of us though will just have more sex. Go forward a few more generations and none of us are creative save that of our procreation. Our culture is shaped by machines. The novel has become a 1000 words.

Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Publishing Android Program. To replicate their idea of a writer's life, his partner has been forcibly removed and he lives in soltitude with an allowance for drugs and prostitutes.

He also has just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected. He has 14 more attempts to get a novel accepted by the Publishing Android Programme or he will be deactivated.

 
Can one of his characters and their story save him?

Introducing ...

Finn
The Locust Wife
Abel Ford
Angel UK
Cai Lun
Richard Steinberger
The Great Explorer Umberto Amunsden
Commander Oleg
Aedus Cricklewood
The Amazing Arctic Sinking Man
Jiéyǔ
The Detective
and
Mark

Featuring Absolute Zero (the coolest spaceship ever built - literally ), an ocean in the sky, sub-atomic particles, a Märchen zoo, android communion, naked angels and mockingbirds, An Android Awakes hurtles towards the shocking conclusion of Android Writer PD121928's fate.


An Android Awakes - coming 2015

COMING  2015 ...

From the author Mike French and artist Karl Brown, An Android Awakes is clever, intriguing, compelling and very cool.

'The professor then desired me “to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work." At every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down.'
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

'She worked, as he had guessed, on the novel-writing machines in the Fiction Department.'
1984 by George Orwell.

An Android Awakes :The struggle for survival and the fate of a story teller

In the future some of us will become great writers, renowned artists, visionary filmmakers and talented photographers. Most of us though will just have more sex. Go forward a few more generations and none of us are creative save that of our procreation. Our culture is shaped by machines. The novel has become a 1000 words.

Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Publishing Android Program. To replicate their idea of a writer's life, his partner has been forcibly removed and he lives in soltitude with an allowance for drugs and prostitutes.

He also has just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected. He has 14 more attempts to get a novel accepted by the Publishing Android Programme or he will be deactivated.

Can one of his characters and their story save him?

Introducing ...

Finn
The Locust Wife
Abel Ford
Angel UK
Cai Lun
Richard Steinberger
The Great Explorer Umberto Amunsden
Commander Oleg
Aedus Cricklewood
The Amazing Arctic Sinking Man
Jiéyǔ
The Detective
and
Mark

Featuring Absolute Zero (the coolest spaceship ever built - literally ), an ocean in the sky, sub-atomic particles, a Märchen zoo, android communion, naked angels and mockingbirds, An Android Awakes hurtles towards the shocking conclusion of Android Writer PD121928's fate.

Convergence

Submitted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014


"A totally different kind of a science fiction - surprisingly imaginative, disturbing, chilling, addictive." Risingshadow

"Draws on the great traditions of sci-fi writing to examine the human condition in the most extreme circumstances." MurderMayhem&More

"A quite extraordinary book, mesmerising and compulsive." Diziet 

About

From Galaxy Book Award nominee 2011, Mike French, Convergence is a chillingly addictive journey into the world of brain manipulation.

Description

"The story is everything. And everything will become the story."

http://elsewhen.co.uk/index.php/catalogue/title/convergence/

Convergence concludes the powerful and inventive Speculative Fiction trilogy, The Dandelion Trilogy and follows on from the Arthur C. Clarke award nominated novel Blue Friday. It can also be read as a stand alone book.

Released 30 Dec 2013 as a paperback ...
UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convergence-Dandelion-Trilogy-Mike-French/dp/1908168269/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A3J3HAASCCYUHF 

USA:
http://www.amazon.com/Convergence-Dandelion-Trilogy-Mike-French/dp/1908168269/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2DXZMVCOB5CXZ

Released 25 Oct in all ebook formats

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/convergence-13
KINDLE (UK) : click here
KINDLE (USA) : click here
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/convergence/id725273579?mt=11
NOOK: www.nook.com/gb/ebooks/convergence-by-mike-french/9781908168368

Definition: Convergence Point - a lifetime’s worth of memories contained within an infinitely small amount of time.

When the Convergence Project manages to record a Convergence Point, a shimmering orb is brought into being that expands out destroying the earth. Inside the Orb is paradise, a beautiful, sun-drenched, lush environment where humanity and nature fuse and beauty, love and hope are woven into the landscape...

The Convergence Project is a covert military/governmental science project that uses prisoners on death row to explore what happens to people as they die. The experience of life flashing before your eyes, just before death is a process called active retrieval where memories are being recalled and lived out again in the mind.

As the amount of time before death decreases the brain exponentially increases the speed of playback and starts looping: repeating over and over a lifetime’s worth of memories. Each playback makes the memories stronger and retains more detail. Eventually an infinite playback speed is reached forming a memory singularity called a Convergence Point, where the ‘moment’ lasts for ever and the person effectively enters an afterlife of their own making.

Killing subjects by lethal injection within an enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core, brain activity can be imaged moments before the Convergence Point forms. The ‘near’ Convergence Points are downloaded into neutral clones which effectively decode the brain patterns back into memories. These Convergence Clones undergo psychoanalysis to try to gain an understanding of the death experience.

Featuring an extraordinary cast of characters and a labyrinthine plot that twists and turns, Convergence is unsettling, ambitious, lyrical and utterly gripping.


For Elsewhen's advance information sheet for Convergence click here.

Convergence Interviews & Reviews:

Review: Risingshadow
Article: Story behind the Story feature on Upcoming4me.com
Article: Guest post on Scott Pack's blog
Article: Guest post on SkyLightRain
Review: MurderMayhem&More



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Mike French
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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, leading The Luton Writers' Group 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 is nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2014.  The Ascent of Isaac Steward was re-released with Elsewhen Press in April 2013.


Do navigate the site with the tabs above, from my blog to more details of each of my books.





Ronald Reagan Appears at Convergence Launch Party

Photos from the launch party of Convergence from Elsewhen Press. Photos by Aleksandra Warchol, ATP Media.

Despite claims from Mike French that this event was packed out these photos clearly show that in fact Mike had cloned himself and then invited them all - such a sad man.

Ronald Reagan appeared courtesy of The Convergence Project, Texas.

No Mikes were hurt during the filming of this launch.

For the full set follow the link below ...

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151855667766498&type=1&l=e43faf8085

First review in for Convergence


First review in!

"A totally different kind of a science fiction - surprisingly imaginative, disturbing, chilling, addictive." Risingshadow

Well I'm very happy with that!  For the full review click here.

And for once I don't get nominated for the bad sex award! ...

"His descriptions of sex are among the most memorable descriptions ever in modern science fiction, because he describes things as they are and doesn't try to write about sex in a vague way."

signings

The Kitchen cafe and bar
Friday 17th Jan 2014
Convergence will be launched at The Hat Factory, Luton.
7PM to 8.30PM

Novacon Convention 9-11 November 2012
The Park Inn Hotel, 296 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG5 2BT, UK

Waterstones, Milton Keynes
Sat 24th November 2012
10AM onwards
Unit 72 ,Midsummer Place,Milton Keynes MK9 3GA, UK

Waterstones, Bishops Stortford
Sat 26th January 2013
10AM onwards
12 South Street, Bishops Stortford CM23 3AT , UK

Waterstones, Bedford
Sat 16th February 2013
10AM onwards
11-13 Silver Street,Bedford MK40 1SY, UK

Get Writing Conference 2013, University of Hertfordshire
Saturday 20th April 2013
9AM to 6PM
de Havilland Campus , Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK


Tour Bus ...



Convergence Book Launch

On the 17th Jan 2014 Convergence will be launched at The Kitchen cafe and bar in The Hat Factory, Luton.

It will be a fun evening to lift your spirits on what can be rather a glum month after Xmas and New Year.

Personal invites have gone out but if for some reason I've forgotten you (sorry!) then do feel free to come along.  There will be a pop up bar which will stay open until 10 PM, coffee and free nibbles.

Of course we could be ten feet under in snow by then in which case it will be me and my dog - no hang on, if that happens we'll still do it but swap the free nibbles for a free snow shovel. Bargin!

Coming to a Galaxy Near You


“Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



Launch of the ebook version of CONVERGENCE
Location: Circinus Galaxy

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF CONVERGENCE

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/convergence-13
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/convergence/id725273579?mt=11
KINDLE (USA): click here.
KINDLE (UK): click here.

The ebook launch of Convergence is being held 13 Million Light years away at the Circinus Galaxy. However if in the unlikley event you can't make that then you can still take part here or on facebook.

How?

Well Convergence is available from today (25th Oct) on Kindle, Apple's ibooks on itunes and other digital platforms which you should be able to access here on planet Earth. If you buy a copy on any of these platforms and let me know in the comments below that you have, then you'll be entered into a competition to win a signed copy of the paperback which is released on the 30 Dec 2013. ( Competition open to UK and USA only )

To find out more about the book visit my publisher's site here :
http://bit.ly/ConvergenceBook

If you don't have a Kindle or Apple product you can read it on your smartphone or computer by getting the free read anywhere Kindle app ...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_ipad_mkt_lnd?docId=1000493771

Definition: Convergence Point - a lifetime’s worth of memories contained within an infinitely small amount of time.

When the Convergence Project manages to record a Convergence Point, a shimmering orb is brought into being that expands out destroying the earth. Inside the Orb is paradise, a beautiful, sun-drenched, lush environment where humanity and nature fuse and beauty, love and hope are woven into the landscape...

The Convergence Project is a covert military/governmental science project that uses prisoners on death row to explore what happens to people as they die. The experience of life flashing before your eyes, just before death is a process called active retrieval where memories are being recalled and lived out again in the mind.

As the amount of time before death decreases the brain exponentially increases the speed of playback and starts looping: repeating over and over a lifetime’s worth of memories. Each playback makes the memories stronger and retains more detail. Eventually an infinite playback speed is reached forming a memory singularity called a Convergence Point, where the ‘moment’ lasts for ever and the person effectively enters an afterlife of their own making.

Killing subjects by lethal injection within an enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core, brain activity can be imaged moments before the Convergence Point forms. The ‘near’ Convergence Points are downloaded into neutral clones which effectively decode the brain patterns back into memories. These Convergence Clones undergo psychoanalysis to try to gain an understanding of the death experience.

"Featuring an extraordinary cast of characters and a labyrinthine plot that twists and turns, Convergence is unsettling, ambitious, lyrical and utterly gripping."
Book 1 of the trilogy The Ascent of Isaac Steward
http://elsewhen.alnpetepress.co.uk/index.php/catalogue/title/the-ascent-of-isaac-steward/

Book 2 of the trilogy Blue Friday
http://bit.ly/Blue_Friday

Everything Must GO

Here's a clip from one of the songs mentioned in Convergence, The Manic Street Preachers' Everything Must GO ...




2 weeks until ebook launch ... virtual invites out today - if you didn't get one the event is here ...


https://www.facebook.com/events/172371022955849/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1


 "Featuring an extraordinary cast of characters and a labyrinthine plot that twists and turns, Convergence is unsettling, ambitious, lyrical and utterly gripping."

Isaac Steward

Nominated for the Galaxy Book Award 2011 for New writer of the year  

To order with FREE postage at Waterstones for the UK click here.

The Ascent of Isaac Steward is the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy. Blue Friday is the second in the trilogy. The third book, Convergence will be released on the 25 Oct 2013 and in paperback on Dec 30th 2013.


Buy copies of The Ascent of Isaac Steward - worldwide shipping...

Buy Blue Friday

Literary surrealism at its most profound, The Ascent of Isaac Steward follows one man’s journey into his own mind as he struggles to come to terms with the trauma that has reshaped his life.
One year on from the car crash in which his wife Rebekah and son Esau were killed, and his other son Jacob left in a coma, Isaac Steward has repressed the memory of that fateful day. But fate seems determined to make him remember, driving Isaac deeper and deeper into himself. Dysfunction builds on delusion as childhood memories compete with a persona he has fabricated in order to regress to an earlier, happier time. But violence, death and destruction result as Isaac slowly loses his grip on reality. His half-brother Ishmael tells him he must return to the wood at his childhood home, to a tree he called The Dandelion Tree, if he is ever to be reunited with Rebekah. But as he descends further he starts to question his own existence

"(a) Michelin starred linguistic meal" 
Juxtabook

The Ascent of Isaac Steward was originally published by Cauliay Publishing in 2011, and will be re-published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition on 19 April 2013 and in paperback on 2 August 2013 

KINDLE UK : click here.
KINDLE USA: click here
Order for kobo click here
Order for itunes, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iBooks click here.
Order for Barnes & Nobles nook click here.

"Moving and lyrical, original and hypnotic—Mike French’s The Ascent of Isaac Steward is a remarkable debut novel”
MICHAEL KIMBALL, Dear Everybody

“Reminiscent of the surrealist literary experiments of James Joyce’s Finnegan's Wake but blessedly readable The Ascent of Isaac Steward is insanely ambitious, startlingly odd, boldly conceived and executed with tremendous confidence. One of the most extraordinary novels I've ever read.”
R.N. MORRIS, A Razor Wrapped in Silk

"A real neo-modernist triumph and in a nihilistic world is definitely worth your time and patience."
JUXTABOOK

"Ambitious, eccentric tale of madness."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Powerful evocative beautifully clear impressions and images. I rather enjoyed my afternoon inside the head of Isaac Steward." BOOKLORE

"Linguistically this is a powerfully done novel, with exquisite prose and an interesting psychological premise that raises strong questions about the power of internal cognition."
THE COMPULSIVE READER

"Takes Finnegans Wake as a starting point and adds a sprinkling of Lacan and onomatopoeia." BOOKMUNCH

"Wonderfully unique and experimental."
PAUL BURMAN, The Grease Monkey's Tale

"A strong, original first novel, with a literary lyrical voice."
HELEN CORNER, director of Cornerstones Literary Consultancy

"Brimming with energy and touched with sadness, The Ascent of Isaac Steward is a perilous journey of the mind."
JOHN DICKINSON, WE

"The ascent of isaac steward is the kind of book that, once you have raced through it, captivated by the fantastical, crystalline imagery and caring prose, makes you want to start all over and read it again to find all its hidden meanings. Here’s a debut novel, you shouldn’t miss."
KATHLEEN MAHER

"A richness and abundance of imagination and originality, beauty of imagery, tenderness, vividness and page after page of surprise and variety."
STEPHANIE PORTERSMITH, The Lancashire Writing Hub

"Poignant and painful, there are many beautifully written, tender scenes in this tragic tale."
SHANTA EVERINGTON author of 'Marilyn and Me'

"Full of rich evocative description."
JANE TURLEY

"A must for everyone's bucket-list if you are looking for a totally unique experience"
SCREENSCRIBBLER

"A fantastic debut novel and it differs so much from all the other books out there on the market nowadays that it can be called a masterpiece of surreal fiction"
RISINGSHADOW

The Ascent of Isaac Steward Interviews and Reviews

Paul Burman Interviews me
Luton Today
Luton on Sunday
Inside Books Review
Publishers Weekly Review
BookLore Review
The Book bag Review
Bookmunch Review
The Influential - Interview
Interview by Claire King
Audio Interview with Compulsive Reader
Middlebrow Review
Paul Burman Review
Juxtabook Review
Jane Turley interviews me
Lancashire Writing Hub Review
Risingshadow Review


These were the tour dates in 2011 ...

WH Smith, Luton
Sat 23rd July 2011
10AM onwards
The Mall, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 2TF, UK

Luton Central Library
Sat 27th August 2011
11AM to 4 PM plus 2PM to 3PM: a talk discussing the writing process,getting work published and tips on how to develop as a writer.
Luton Central Library, St. George's Square, Luton, LU1 2NG, UK

waterstones, Milton Keynes
Sat 3rd September 2011
10AM onwards
Unit 72 ,Midsummer Place,Milton Keynes MK9 3GA, UK

waterstones, St Albans
Sat 17th September 2011
10AM onwards
8 St Peters Street ,St Albans, AL1 3LF UK

waterstones, Bishops Stortford
Sat 24th September 2011
10AM onwards
12 South Street ,Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM23 3AT, UK

waterstones, Watford
Sat 22nd October 2011
10AM onwards
174-176 The Harlequin Centre, High Street,Watford, WD17 2WS, UK

waterstones, Milton Keynes
Sat 12th November 2011
10AM onwards
51-53 Silbury Arcade, Milton Keynes, MK9 3AH, UK

waterstones, Stevenage
Sat 19th November 2011
10AM onwards
3 The Forum, Stevenage, SG1 1ES, UK

waterstones, Northampton
Sat 3rd December 2011
10AM onwards
19 Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 2AN, UK

Get Writing Conference 2012, University of Hertfordshire
Saturday 11th February 2012
9AM to 6PM
de Havilland Campus , Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK

Blue Friday

 Nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2013


Blue Friday is the second in the Dandelion Trilogy. The third book, Convergence, will be released on the 25 Oct 2013 and in paperback on Dec 30th 2013


"A whizz of a slick, smooth read satirising the modern quest for the work-life balance with real finesse ... a well executed ballroom dance, light (in the most positive sense), well directed, sharp and elegant." Juxtabook
 
Buy Signed Copies of Blue Friday - worldwide shipping...

Buy Blue Friday

"This clever, beautifully written story takes the notion of “family friendly working hours” and follows the idea to a terrifying conclusion." The Compulsive Reader

"Great satire on the modern obsession with a work /life balance." Juxtabook

"A great mix of humour and sinister 'what if's'." Writer's Little Helper

"A rare and rattling good read - from the Kafkaesque duo of Brittle and Stone to the innocent boy Faron, these characters get under your skin and into the deep dark recesses of your mind. Surreal, fast, witty, satirical and brutal. All a dystopia fan could wish for!" Author Frances K Brown

"Breathtaking, dystopian, nightmarish and sometimes downright scary. George Orwell for the 21st century." Author & Poet George Polley

"Witty with the wry humour that only satire can impart and all readers will find some resonance in it. Go along for the ride and enjoy the experience."SFcrowsnest

"Clever, shocking and darkly humorous.” Risingshadow 

"One of those books that stays with you for a while.” BookLore

"A clever, amusing and thought-provoking satire." Lizzy’s Literary Life

Blue Friday is my second novel published by Elsewhen Press.




Blue Friday is set in a dystopian society in the future where working hours are strictly controlled by the government: if you're married and work outside the hours of 9 to 5 you're punished: if you're lucky by Enforcment agents if not by the Family Protection Agency (FPA)- who will probably kill you.  There is enforced viewing of family television, monitored family meals times and a coming of age where people reaching the age of twenty-five are married by the state computer if they have failed to marry.  The novel follows Leviticus, the leader of the Underground Overtime Network who fights for the right for people to choose when they can work.

Elsewhen's press release is here.  Here's a snippet  ...

Combining dark humour with a vision of the future that is almost an inverse of
the classic dystopian nightmare of 1984, Mike’s latest novel follows in the tradition of great Speculative Fiction satirists such as Jonathan Swift.



Blue Friday was published in a digital edition on the 1 September 2012 and was launched in paperback on the 10 November 2012 at the Novacon science fiction convention.

UK Kindle ...

USA Kindle ...

Paperback available in UK ...

Paperback available in USA ...

Order on Apple's ibooks on itunes for all Apple gadget lovers .. http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/blue-friday/id554475310?mt=11

Order for kobo ... http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Blue-Friday/book-4DJNzSNIHUeRVf3LrDn2Cg/page1.html?s=fklrArb8I0yQ6226aB3XBQ&r=1

Order for nook ... http://uk.nook.com/ebooks/blue-friday-by-mike-french/9781908168177

Blue Friday Interviews and Reviews

Review: The Compulsive Reader

Review: Writer's Little Helper 

Review: Risingshadow 

Review: Juxtabook

Interview by Jonathan Pinnock

Review: Booklore

Review: SFcrowsnest

Review: Lizzy’s Literary Life

Blue Friday Signings

Novacon Convention 9-11 November 2012
The Park Inn Hotel, 296 Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG5 2BT, UK

Waterstones, Milton Keynes
Sat 24th November 2012
10AM onwards
Unit 72 ,Midsummer Place,Milton Keynes MK9 3GA, UK

Waterstones, Bishops Stortford
Sat 26th January 2013
10AM onwards
12 South Street, Bishops Stortford CM23 3AT , UK

Waterstones, Bedford
Sat 16th February 2013
10AM onwards
11-13 Silver Street,Bedford MK40 1SY, UK




At the Top of the Hill

I'm not sure what's at the top to be honest.  It looks inviting. Anyway, I'm going to find out - I've been writing now for nearly a decade - which isn't that long I know but it's been a fast track of discovery.  Along the way I managed to get that pot at the end of the rainbow - the publishing contract and so far my first two books have critically done very well and have been submitted for major prizes.

My third novel, Convergence, comes out at the end of next month from Elsewhen Press in digital format with the paperback following in January. It's my favourite so far - I'm really happy with it. Set a year after Blue Friday it pulls everything together in the Dandelion Trilogy, and I don't think I had the skills needed to get it down onto paper until now.

My novels haven't found the audience I hoped for - of course that's fairly normal for a new author with a smaller publisher, but you can dream.  With this book I'm having more of a push to get some coverage - in effect see what's at the top of the hill.

I need to know. 

It might be success - an emergence from obscurity: a clearing of the mist  - or the world may spin on in much the same way that it has always done.  Not that it isn't a thrill to be published and with Elsewhen it's certainly great fun but at some point there has to come a change.

I'm really hoping that time is now.