Mike French

Mike French was the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here during its life from 2007 to 2014.  Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy, was published in 2011 and nominated for a Galaxy National Book Award which, presumably due to an unfortunate clerical error, was awarded to Dawn French. Elsewhen Press published the second book in the trilogy, the satirical Blue Friday, in 2012, and the third, Convergence, in 2013, along with a new edition of the first book.

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 author 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.


The Ascent of Isaac Steward Cover ImageMike’s novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, book 1 in the Dandelion trilogy, was published by Elsewhen Press in a new revised edition on 19 April 2013.


Blue Friday Cover ImageMike’s novel, Blue Friday, book 2 in the Dandelion trilogy, was published by Elsewhen Press on 1 September 2012.


Convergence cover image; Astronaut: 315 Studio / shutterstock.comMike’s novel, Convergence, book 3 in the Dandelion trilogy, was published by Elsewhen Press in October 2013.


Artwork: Karl Brown Cover Design: Craig NashAn Android Awakes, a new way to combine art and prose in storytelling, written by Mike and illustrated by Karl Brown, will be published by Elsewhen Press in November 2015.



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Mike can be contacted via Elsewhen Press using mike.french (at) elsewhen.co.uk

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