I could seriously write a 900 page novel on the theme of disappointment, as it’s something I know only too well. Disappointment is a cruel beast – it stings like no other and can harm your creativity. It is hard. But it is also unavoidable, inevitable and important – it will strengthen you as a writer. This I can promise you.
The hardest time was when I was shortlisted for the Greenhouse Funny Prize in 2012. The agent running the competition was very interested in my book and I honestly thought that ‘my time’ had arrived – I would finally have a chance of getting something published.