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. 

At the Top of the Hill

I'm not sure what's at the top to be honest.  It looks inviting. Anyway, I'm going to find out - I've been writing now for nearly a decade - which isn't that long I know but it's been a fast track of discovery.  Along the way I managed to get that pot at the end of the rainbow - the publishing contract and so far my first two books have critically done very well and have been submitted for major prizes.

My third novel, Convergence, comes out at the end of next month from Elsewhen Press in digital format with the paperback following in January. It's my favourite so far - I'm really happy with it. Set a year after Blue Friday it pulls everything together in the Dandelion Trilogy, and I don't think I had the skills needed to get it down onto paper until now.

My novels haven't found the audience I hoped for - of course that's fairly normal for a new author with a smaller publisher, but you can dream.  With this book I'm having more of a push to get some coverage - in effect see what's at the top of the hill.

I need to know. 

It might be success - an emergence from obscurity: a clearing of the mist  - or the world may spin on in much the same way that it has always done.  Not that it isn't a thrill to be published and with Elsewhen it's certainly great fun but at some point there has to come a change.

I'm really hoping that time is now.