AUTHOR PRESS KIT FOR MITCH BENN

Bios, Books, Q&A and High-Res Image Download

Mitch Benn Portrait Author Photo

'There will never be another Douglas Adams but Benn, combining his stand-up comedy talent with his obvious love for the genre, might be the closest you'll ever get.'

THE INDEPENDENT

100 WORD BIO

Mitch Benn is a comedian and author who has written three Science Fiction novels. The trilogy follows Terra, a human girl raised by aliens, on her adventures across the galaxy.

 

The final book in the series, Terra’s War, is out on 15th March 2021. Terra and Terra’s World are also being re-released.

 

Why the seven year gap? Mitch explains, “I always knew how Terra’s adventure was going to end. But when my previous publisher didn’t commission the third book, I had no way of getting the story out. The sense of irresolution became overwhelming. So when the pandemic halted all live comedy, I thought ‘it’s now or never’.

200 WORD BIO

Mitch Benn is a comedian, author, satirical songwriter, musician and actor. He is perhaps best known as the resident comic songwriter on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show from 1999 to 2016.

 

Mitch has written three Science Fiction novels. The Terra Trilogy is aimed at young readers (age 10+) and follows Terra, a human girl raised by aliens, on her adventures across the galaxy. The first two books, Terra and Terra’s World, were originally published in 2013 and 2014 to wide acclaim.

 

The long-awaited conclusion to the trilogy, Terra’s War, will be released on 15th March 2021. The first two books are being re-released with new cover art and marketing support – Terra is available now, and Terra’s World from 1st February 2021. The trilogy will be available in paperback and ebook from major retailers including Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes & Noble.

 

Why the seven year gap? Mitch explains, “I always knew how Terra’s adventure was going to end. But when my previous publisher didn’t commission the third book, I had no way of getting the story out. The sense of irresolution became overwhelming. So when the pandemic halted all live comedy, I thought ‘it’s now or never’. I’m so relieved Terra finally has an ending to her epic story.”

300 WORD BIO

Mitch Benn is a comedian, author, satirical songwriter, musician and actor. He is perhaps best known as the resident comic songwriter on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show from 1999 to 2016. As a comedian, Mitch has toured extensively in the UK and internationally over the last 20 years. Mitch’s voice acting credits include Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens TV series and the Sandman audiobooks. He also writes a weekly column in The New European newspaper.

 

Mitch has written three Sci-Fi novels. The Terra Trilogy is aimed at young readers (age 10+) and follows Terra, a human girl raised by aliens, on her adventures across the galaxy. The first two books, Terra and Terra’s World, were originally published in 2013 and 2014 to wide acclaim, including glowing reviews in The Times and The Independent. Terra was also listed in The Guardian’s Top 10 Sci-Fi books of the year.

 

The long-awaited conclusion to the trilogy, Terra’s War, will be released on 15th March 2021. The first two books are being re-released with new cover art and marketing support – Terra is available now, and Terra’s World from 1st February 2021. The trilogy will be available in paperback and ebook formats, from major retailers including Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes & Noble.

 

So why the seven year gap? Mitch explains, “I always knew how Terra’s adventure was going to end. But when my previous publisher didn’t commission the third book, I had no way of getting the story out. It was a very bruising experience and, I won’t lie, almost put me off writing forever. However, the sense of irresolution became overwhelming. So when the pandemic halted all live comedy, I thought ‘it’s now or never’. I’m so relieved Terra finally has an ending to her epic story. Now I can move on to my next novel, due out in late 2021.”

BOOK DETAILS AND DESCRIPTIONS

Front cover of Terra - a little girl holding hands with an adult alien looking out across an alien city

Title: Terra

Series: The Terra Trilogy

Volume: One

Author: Mitch Benn

Release Date: 30th November 2020

Publisher: Raging Vega Press

Length: 312 pages

Age: 10+

Formats: Paperback and ebook

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-8382887-0-9

ISBN (ebook): 978-1-8382887-1-6

Price: £3.99-£7.99

For Terra, the human alien, fitting in was never an option.

Abducted from Earth as a baby by a well-meaning alien, Terra has grown up far across the galaxy on planet Fnrr. Terra has always known she was different. Her skin isn’t grey. Her eyes are a weird blue colour. She has ... ears.

And now Terra is starting high school. A daunting prospect, even without being the only human in class.

There’s lots to like about life on Fnrr. Society is ordered and peaceful; founded on reason, logic and the pursuit of knowledge. However, its inhabitants are blissfully unaware of the impending invasion that could destroy their way of life forever ...

Before long, Terra will find herself propelled into a fierce battle to save the world she calls home.

A story for young readers - or adults who remember being one - Mitch Benn’s Terra is a warm and witty coming-of-age Sci-Fi adventure for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Escape into a story of hope, discovery and the unbreakable bonds we naively refer to as ‘humanity’.

 

Praise for Terra:

'Terra is delightful ... I found myself thinking of Roald Dahl, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, but the voice and story are uniquely Mitch Benn’s. Wise, funny, and above all, human.NEIL GAIMAN

'High-end deadpan Sci-Fi silliness ... with added warmth. For a story set light years away, it feels wonderfully human.' MATT HAIG

'Mitch Benn is a very fine writer and Terra is a very fine book.' THE INDEPENDENT

AUTHOR Q&A WITH MITCH BENN


Why did you start writing Sci-Fi?

 

"I’ve been a Sci-Fi nerd for as long as I can remember. When I became a dad, I wanted my kids to enjoy the same rollicking, optimistic Sci-Fi adventures I had grown up with. Sci-Fi had become very dystopian … it seemed like every story was set in some hopeless, miserable environment with a despairing view of humanity. So I started writing a story full of humour, adventure and, well, hope. One reviewer said Terra's story was 'a love letter to Science Fiction' which I hope sums it up perfectly.”

 

Where did the idea for Terra come from?

 

"I was thinking one day about the classic story 'tropes', those fundamental building blocks of narrative that almost all fiction is constructed from, and in particular the lost child/'fish out of water' trope. The child lost by its parents, and found and raised by something 'other'. It turns up all the way through fantastic fiction (The Jungle Book/Tarzan), it’s in pop culture (Superman) and goes back at least as far as the Bible (Moses).

 

I wondered what a Sci-Fi version of that story might be, and the idea 'human baby abducted by alien who adopts and raises it as his own' popped straight into my head. Once I’d established nobody had written that book already, the idea was just too good to resist."

 

Why is there a seven year gap between the second and third book?

 

“I always knew how Terra’s adventure was going to end. But when my previous publisher didn’t commission the third book, I had no way of getting the story out. It was a very bruising experience and, I won’t lie, almost put me off writing forever.

 

As an entertainer you develop a thick skin to rejection – it’s part of the job. But this was different. I had become completely emotionally invested in Terra, her friends and her story. And after just twelve months as a published author - something I’d always wanted to be - I was out. It hit me far harder than I could have expected, and I carried that around for a long time. 

 

I considered other projects to restart my writing career, but the sense of irresolution had become a real mental block - I couldn’t leave the trilogy unfinished. So when the pandemic halted all live comedy, I thought ‘this is my opportunity. It’s now or never’. I’m so relieved Terra finally has an ending to her epic story.”

 

What’s next for you as an author?

 

“Well, I’ve started my own publishing company, and I’m lucky to have an experienced Marketer on board who has been managing the Terra Trilogy launch. Ideally I want to release a new novel every year through Raging Vega Press. I currently have two books which are fully planned out, each with a 10,000 word synopsis. I’m not sure yet which one to release first, so that’s the next big decision. We’re planning to launch it towards the end of 2021.”

IMAGE GALLERY

Please credit the photographer Steve Ullathorne when using these images.

Hover over or click on an image to see the download icon.

© 2020 Mitch Benn. Design by Leslie Jane O'Connor. Photography by Steve Ullathorne.