Lauren James was born in 1992 and has a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied chemistry and physics. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a physics calculation she was assigned at university. She sold the rights to her first novel, The Next Together, when she was twenty-one. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all her books feature scientists in prominent roles. She lives in the West Midlands, UK, and is an Arts Council grant recipient.