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. 

Musings on Signings

Had a great day on Saturday at waterstones in Milton Keynes where they have my book for sale about 12 inches below Booker fame! O to be on the shelf above!

Interesting moments of the day:

Being given advice by a customer as to how to market my book to people - "I want you to go home and write two pitches one for woman and one for men.  For the woman talk about emotions how they can FEEL their way through the story and then for men concentrate on the visual aspects"  - or words to that effect.   I'll make no comment as to what images and emotions were going through my mind as he was talking to me.

And signed a copy to a woman who described waterstones' big table of celeb and cook books at the front of the store as The Waterstones Wan@er's table!

Also met the lovely Jesscia Patient who's on team at The View From Here and some good mates - one of which ( yes you Kim Maskell ) sweet talked a customer into getting a signed book - she's now employed by me as my sales and marketing Director.