Lauren McLaughlin is a screenwriter and the author of eight books for children and young adults. She began her film career producing music videos and commercials, and went on to produce several feature films for Lionsgate. Her produced screenplays include Prisoners of Love, Specimen, and Hypercube. She is the author of five novels for young adults: Cycler, (Re)cycler, Scored, The Free, and Send Pics, and has written three picture books: Wonderful You and two books in the Mitzi Tulane: Preschool Detective series. Her debut collection of short fiction, The Perfect Man and Others, was released in 2021. She lives with her family in London.