Being brought up in a dead end Industrial town in the Midlands didn't have many advantages, but the one it did have was being 50 minutes away from London by train and boy, did we make the most of it. I spent a fair bit of my late teens and twenties in the Capital for any excuse - concerts, shopping, theatre, romantic weekend breaks and Birthday's, but obviously living in Cornwall has curbed how often I can visit this amazing city, but it has certainly not dampened my love affair with it.
(Jackson's new London Transport Museum poster)
So, with Jackson now a little older and more able to take this fascinating city on board, I have introduced my little family to the world of London, starting with these uber cool London Transport Museum posters that now sit happily on their bedroom walls.
We are currently planning for a few days away to London, and the one thing I cannot wait for P & J to see is Big Ben as I find myself wistfully thinking about the first time I saw it when stepping out from the Underground and there it was whoa!
Art is as important to me as books thanks to the genius of L.S Lowry.
Over the past 25 years I have spent a lot of time in the Manchester area because of the music, but also because of the work of Lowry.
The above painting is the first Lowry print (postcard) I bought back in the mid 1990's. It meant so much to me then because I was living in Wales. I then went on to buy a whole load of prints which sat in our home like a gallery, or rather a homage.
My love of art has been fuelled since living in Cornwall, especially with Tate St Ives so close by. As a family this culture has become part of our family, something I hope will be long lasting for my kids.
Anyway, I am really pleased that finally Tate in London is showing a major exhibition of his work opening on the
26 June - 20 October 2013.
If you can you really must go and see it, even if it's to be glad we don't have to live under those conditions anymore.
It's over 5 years since the release of my debut novel 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' and I'm happy to say it still provokes a lot of interest and sales.
I'm not sure if it's the weather, or folk are stocking up for their summer holiday but 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' is back on the map, so for those new readers who don't know what it's about - here we go:
"I thought about why Lily's parents potentially detest me. It could be the fact I'm 37 and she just 25, or that I've been sleeping with their daughter knowing she's in a relationship with my brother. I imagine it's both, topped off for good measure with the vulgarity of my novels and my occasionally arrogant and pretentious column."
JEFFERSON HOWIE IS IN TURMOIL.
Deeply handsome, intelligent and successful, he is a man used to getting what he wants, that is, except the one thing he really wants - his brother's beautiful girlfriend Lily.
Through a series of cleverly orchestrated meetings, Jefferson detaches himself from guilt to tempt Lily into his arms.
Silently but deliriously, they collide against the backdrop of the love letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller.
But is blood thicker than love and desire?
With Jefferson's sexy and charming narration, and Lily's intensely emotional and sexually explicit Journal, we witness the honest and raw account of two people falling in love.
As with many writers, as the years pass by since your first book was published you begin to think about that book in a different way.
After all, you age and experience new and exciting life changes, but also unwelcome and traumatic ones. These experiences all help shape the people we are - and the characters we create and so there is no wonder that when I think back to my debut novel 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk' I wish I could re-write parts of it.
I think maybe I wrote too much? Expected too much from my characters Lily and Jefferson? Should I have curbed though sex scenes a little? Maybe it's a little too indulgent? I don't know, but unlike many writer's before me, I won't be re-writing 'A Love That Makes Life Drunk', instead I shall focus my efforts on new work while taking on board the mistakes I might of made on others.