I really don't require a whole lot in life.
I had a Latin master who, for no rational reason whatsoever - I was a very quiet kid at school - just hated me.
When I started writing, I did have some idealised notion of my dad as a writer. But I have less and less of a literary rivalry with him as I've gone on. I certainly don't feel I need his approval, although maybe that's because I'm confident that I've got it.
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