If you are a junkyard dog, you assume that that's what life is: chained up, barking all day.
My early life has given me a great deal to draw on, certainly - but would I have swapped a happy childhood for the writing? Yes.
Bernard Shaw said that when you copy yourself, you know you've got style. And I feel that if you can write like you write, then you are true to yourself. And it's not an easy thing to do - it's a disgustingly difficult thing to do.
I wake up most days with a vague feeling of doom - 'Dear God. Here I am again.' Then, when I read about politicians in the newspaper, the vengefulness starts. By mid-morning, the anxiety is kicking in.
I like situational comedy when people are being completely serious and yet you can find something extremely funny, not jokes.