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. 

Is it a Bird? A Plane? No it's The Society of Authors

"Working to protect the rights and further the interests of authors in the United Kingdom"

One of the first things I did when I got my publishing deal was to join The Society of Authors. They provide a good support for authors and ... blah, blah, blah ... you know they are great and they will check your contract for you and everything ( which I really recommend) - but honestly? I wanted to join them because finally I could!

Yee har. O and I get 10% discount at waterstones, but seeing as I'm also the editor for The View From Here and nearly fainted the last time I had to actually buy a book (Iain Bank's hardback: over fifteen pounds), I'll hardly have an opportunity to use it. (All those nice publishers out there keep sending us books for review.)  That and my local waterstones closes this weekend as the axe falls leaving me Tescos and WH Smiths - but I doubt they're know what an author is if I show them my card.   "Trouble on aisle 5."

O and you can even get a certificate to say you belong to the society - you know in the style of those certificates you see on a chemists wall - but I haven't fallen that far that I'd buy one of those yet - not this week anyway.