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. 

Crime Authors Panel

I hosted a crime panel on thursday at Luton Central Library with Mark Billingham, Martyn Waites & Dan Waddell.

It was the first time I've ever done this kind of thing and to be honest I was also a little out of my comfort zone as I know very little about the crime genre. But in the end it turned about to be a lot of fun and great to chat in the bar beforehand to authors with a few ( okay a lot ) more years experience than me.

And the library did a great job with a stage erected in the heart of the library and leather chairs - the only thing missing being QI style buzzers - that would have been good - So Mark's buzzer goes like this ( police siren ) - Martyn ( frenzied knife attack sound ) and Dan ( sound of a scream. )  Even the music they piped through before and after was good - was it Talking Heads? - can't remember but they did it with style.

And as well as being entertaining it was all very normal as well - like listening into three guys chatting about football.  And the benefit of being major stars in the literary world being I guess that you still get yourself to the gig and fight with traffic and directions, you still suggest to the others that you go for a curry afterwards - you are in short able to remain fairly normal.