Actor-turned-author Ethan Hawke refuses to let the critics' unkind words about his first two novels dampen his spirits as he works on his third literary offering.
The Training Day star, who split from wife Uma Thurman in 2003, has already released tomes The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday to a cynical reception - but he is convinced his future works will rival those of his literary idols.
The 34-year-old tells the New York Daily News: "John Steinbeck's first book wasn't that good, you know?
"I don't think it's up to us to decide if our things are of quality or not. I know that sounds a little pretentious. I don't remember any day in any age when people were talking about how supportive critics are."