First he and his mother were close, whereas my mother and I have never been close.
His parents asked him about a career choice and helped him go to college and University, mine told me at 18 to get a job, there was never any question of further education for me, even though they could have helped out with costs, I had to get a job.
My parents were never interested in what I wanted to be, their idea was for me to follow in my father's business as a housing inspector for George Wimpey & sons.
One of the big differences is he had faith in his work and thought all he needed was a publisher. I had a little belief in mine but over the past few months, I came to realise that I am not as good as I once thought I might have been.
Before he became well-known, he wrote to a lady called Suzanne and told her that he didn't wish to be known as a man-of-letters, sadly that is how I see myself becoming, writing free stories on here for you to read-if I continue to write them that is.
A lot of people keep telling me I am a good story-teller, I wish I had the faith to believe them; as far as I can judge people are willing to read my stories, so long as they don't have to buy them.
I am told it can take up to 10 years to get noticed, to last that long I will need more faith than I can imagine and seeing no progress in 2 years; if I did take on this task it would drain me completely.