Paul Teague, author of 'The Secret Bunker'
Paul Teague, author of ‘The Secret Bunker'

Hi, I'm Paul Teague, the author of ‘The Secret Bunker' Trilogy.

I was born in Kent, raised in Lincolnshire and now live in Cumbria, with my family of avid readers.

In between, we passed through Lancashire and Humberside.

I have worked as a waiter, a shopkeeper, a primary school teacher, a disc jockey and a radio journalist and broadcaster for the BBC.

I wrote my first book at the age of 9 years old.

Titled ‘Mr Plum And Mr Apple’, the hand­ written story received the inevitable rejection slip, but that didn’t stop me dabbling with writing throughout my life.

I have written short stories, plays, letters for magazines and hundreds of web articles, even a couple of self-­published marketing books, but never a full­-size fiction book.

‘The Secret Bunker’ was inspired by a very strong visual image I got as I lay in bed, having woken up too early one morning (again).

I rushed to my computer to get the first words written down, so that I could give a shape to my ideas before I forgot them.

Paul Teague at the BBC
Paul Teague at the BBC

I started by writing the first 5000 words as my entry to The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing, but when I read the rules carefully, I realised that I had to have a finished book written and ready if I was lucky enough to become a shortlisted author.

So I got my head down and carried on writing – and now I can't stop 🙂

I've got completely immersed in the life and adventures of Dan Tracy and his family and I can't wait to steer the book to its dramatic conclusion.

(Yes, I do know how it ends, no, I'm not telling you.)

I’ve visited two Cold War bunkers in my life and I find them fascinating places, full of portent and threat, and that’s what I have brought to my first story featuring young protagonist Dan Tracy.

I love dystopian fiction so this trilogy has been a great opportunity to finally come up with my own vision of a future world where things are going haywire.