I'm one of those unlucky people who had a happy childhood.
My parents are good role models because they've worked hard and gave me a happy childhood.
A happy childhood... is the worst possible preparation for life.
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.
I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer.