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. 

KINDLE Impossible

Had fun last week running KINDLE Impossible on facebook where the challenge was to get The Ascent of Isaac Steward to number one in the UK Kindle charts.

Now that was never going to happen but still it was good to see my novel wiggle its way free from the muddy depths of Amazon's rankings and at least attempt to reach the sunlight.

Hopefully it will be okay now and stop nagging me to take it out - much like the dog. You've had your walk kindle novel now go and lie down next to the fire and settle down. Blimey these books, I never get a moment's peace to write with all the nagging.

O and did I mention I had to work out how to format the Kindle version as the original version was - well a right mess. I worked with my publisher and eventually cracked it. Now I know all about tocs and style indents and gotos and a hundred other useful things. And it looks well shiny now, all brushed and well looked after. Good Kindle book, roll over. Arh look at it.

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