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. 

Copyright Road

Here's a fun game of seeking permission to quote the lyrics to Echo and the Bunnymen's Bring on the Dancing Horses at the start of The Ascent of Isaac Steward.
( See my original post here. ) ...

Echo and The Bunnymen official website say go forward 3 spaces to Warner Brothers.
Warner Brothers' still clip and licensing department say miss a go whilst we take a look.
Warner brothers say we don't hold the rights, try Paramount as the song was used in The Pretty in Pink Song - go back one space.
Paramount say miss a go whilst we have a think.
Paramount say you need to ask PRS for music go forward 6 spaces.
Passed GO! on the way and earned £200.00.
PRS said miss a go whilst we take a look.
PRS said according to our systems this song is registered as being published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd - go forward one space to Warner Chappell Music.
Warner Chappell Music say advance to GO! they are the correct people to deal with. ( Yeah at last ! )
Warner Chappell Music agree a fee to use the lyrics subject to the song writer's approval - pay bank £X.
Warner Chappell Music say Echo & The Bunnymen say no you can't quote them - end of game you loose.

Snakes and Ladders anyone?