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. 

Setting the Tone

A first novel often comes in so many different colours as your subconscious escapes out onto the page that it can be difficult to set a uniform tone.  With The Ascent of Isaac Steward I struggled for ages until I stumbled upon the film poster for A Scanner Darkly.

The colours and mood of the poster captured the feelings I was trying to evoke and to me the tone of the novel was as important as the story itself. So up it went next to my computer and every time I was unsure if I'd lost my way, I'd glance up at it and see if my prose matched the feelings evoked by the picture.

Not sure how many other authors do this but it worked for me!