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. 

The Beano: A Writer's Notebook

This is the notebook I'm using for my second novel, Blue Friday.

It's the kind of literary atmosphere I now live in - impressive eh? 

I'm sure some people type everything up in nice neat lines in boring folders but my outlines, character studies, background information etc are all scribbled in my own fair hand within the pages of this Beano notepad.  It's a mess, which is odd as I'm often obsessively tidy but there you go - it's a glimpse into my head I suppose, which is why it's best you get the filtered finished novels not the horrors and bad bahavoir that lie beneath these pages keeping the Bash Street Kids and Dennis the Menace company.

Thanks to my mate Charlie for giving the notepad to me last Xmas - anything to get a mention in the next book eh Charlie!?