Children's author Jacqueline Wilson has said that she has been living "very happily" with her partner Trish for the last 18 years.

The bestselling children's novelist has frequently been asked why she has failed to write more about gay characters. However, she embraces the topic in her 111th book, Love Frankie, in which tomboy Frankie falls for Sally, the prettiest girl in her class.

The English author told Guardian Review yesterday that she had put her "heart and soul" into the tale, She also said that she knew "perfectly well that it would shine a little light on my own private life".

Wilson (74)  met her partner at a party following the break down of her marriage in her early 50s.

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"I’ve never really been in any kind of closet. It would be such old news for anybody that has ever known anything much about me, " she told the newspaper. "Even the vaguest acquaintance knows perfectly well that we are a couple,"

She also revealed that her mother was appalled by news of her relationship, but she stressed that that "wasn’t too devastating for me because my mum cordially hated my ex-husband; she didn’t really approve of any of my friends."

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Sky Arts screen a documentary about Wilson tonight (Sunday) at 7.00pm, in which the author is interviewed at her home in East Sussex. She speaks about her love of E Nesbit and reveals how she created her own adaptation of Nesbit’s Five Children and It, which is available on Sky Movies Premiere and NOW TV.