Mike in Finland

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

My New Novel

Well, these are exciting times. Hot on the heels of the publication of my poetry collection, Midas Touch, Ward Wood Publishing will be bringing out my novel this spring.

It´s called The Finn´s Tale and it tells the story of Len Makinen whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Finland to America in 1920. In the late 1990s, when Len is just turned 40, he re-establishes contact with his Finnish relatives. He starts to construct his family tree and collect data for a family history. Then, in 2000, Len visits Finland, meets his second cousin, Päivi, and other relatives. Len learns what it means to be a Finn, and a lot of other things besides. And at the end of his experiences he writes the Finn´s tale, which is actually not his own story.

I´m dead excited about this one. I´m working on the cover image now with Mike Fortune-Wood and working with Adele Ward on the editing. More news coming very soon.


  1. This is so exciting! Can't wait to read it. Be prepared for a real ride - promoting a novel is a whole different kettle of herring from promoting poetry :-)

  2. Like you, I really enjoy the promoting side of publishing, although my time is rather limited. With The Finn´s Tale, I´m coming up with ideas for promoting it in Finland. With some luck, it might be possible to arrange for a translation.

  3. Yes we must discuss the best way forward for translations. It's a real joy to read this several times over while editing. This process always makes me realise how much more I get from a novel each time I read it, and so I also realise how much I'm missing by reading the novels I buy only once.