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. 

Cover Reveal for The Ascent of Isaac Steward

This is the wonderful new cover for The Ascent of Isaac Steward - I particularly like the Clown Loach and the bubbles - there's even Tom Donaldson in there and if you don't know who that is then you need to read the book!

It was designed by the same cover artsist at Elsewhen that did Blue Friday.

I have also been working with Elsewhen on an edit on the manuscript - so expect a new shiny version when it's released next month.

The Ascent of Isaac Steward was originally published by Cauliay Publishing in 2011, and will be re-published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition on 19 April 2013 and in paperback on 2 August 2013