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Paul Magrs

Paul grew up in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, and was educated at Woodham Comprehensive and Lancaster University. He was a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at UEA for seven years, running their famous MA course, and then did the same job at MMU in Manchester for a further seven years. He now writes fulltime at home in Levenshulme, near Manchester, where he lives with his partner Jeremy Hoad.

Paul has published a number of YA novels – Strange Boy (2002), Exchange (2006, shortlisted for the Book Trust Teen Book Award and longlisted for the Carnegie), Diary of a Dr Who Addict (2010 shortlisted for the Leeds Book Prize) and for younger readers – Hands up! (2003), Twin Freaks (2007), The Ninnies (2012). He has also published five original Doctor Who novels with BBC books, and over twenty original Doctor Who audiobooks / full cast dramas produced by Big Finish Productions and BBC Audio / Audiogo. He has written for almost all the living Doctors! Most recently Paul has published stories in the anthologies Doctor Who: Tales of Terror (2017, BBC Books) and Doctor Who: The Missy Chronicles (BBC Books) publishing in February 2018. For further information follow Paul on Twitter @paulmagrs and visit his blog lifeonmagrs.blogspot.co.uk

Paul said about his inspiration for the Lost on Mars series: ‘With my Mars series I want to write a grand science fiction epic set on another planet, about human beings surviving in incredible new circumstances and encountering mysterious and fascinating new ideas. I also want it to be a family story, full of great characters that we come to care for and identify with as they embark on a quest that will take them into the heart of the mystery of the planet Mars.’

The first in his epic Sci-Fi series Lost on Mars was published in May 2015 and the sequel The Martian Girl was published in September 2016. The last in the trilogy, The Heart of Mars, is publishing in March 2018.