In 2008 I've visited Basildon a lot. Not where I thought I'd end up.
I've been working with a group of lads (and now girls too) who are part of a football writers group. They're led by the genius teacher, Mrs Diane Baker, originally from Yorkshire. We've done lots of stuff - and recently they've been helping me with my books, making sure they're good enough and also helping me with plots. Tomorrow we're off to West Ham for a club tour. Then then next day we're writing a chapter of my fifth Football Academy book which includes a club tour at West Ham. It's going to be fun.
Book 5 is called The X Factor, but that might have to change if we're not allowed to call it that. It was one of the Basildon kids who came up with the idea that one of the lads would... But I'm giving too much away. I'll stop there.