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. 

A Writer's Guide to Blogging Guest Post

I have a guest post up at the virtual advent calendar for the Get Writing 2012 Conference.  Here's a teaser ...

Publishing has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most writers are unhappy for pretty much all of the time. This is largely because they don’t get invited to parties and nobody reads their books.

Secondly: many writers have been increasingly of the opinion that they’ve all made a big mistake in writing novels in the first place. And some say that even writing short stories and writing their names on the back of their shirts was a bad move and they should never have picked up a pen and so on and so forth.

Read the full article here.

I'll be running said workshop on the day as well as being on a panel in the morning called Changing faces – Non-fiction in the Modern Marketplace where I'll be joining Adrian Magson, David Lindo and Marc Aplin. The whole day promises to be a bit special and I'm really looking forward to it.

Get Writing 2012 is brought to you by Verulam Writers’ Circle in association with University of Hertfordshire. The event will be held on Saturday 11 February 2012 at the De Havilland Campus in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. For full details, visit the website.