But 18-year-old author Hayden Selfe has instead decided to view it as a blessing, often escaping into the fantasy world in which he writes.
It was in this world that the Golden Bay teenager met the heroine of his debut fantasy novel, Hatchling Heroes, which is due to be released next month.
Hayden has since written two more novels in the series.
All Alaine has ever wanted is to become a paladin in the Order of the Goddess Minda, and now the moment has arrived she must prove her worth or relinquish her dream.
In a quest that will test both her ability and faith in herself, Alaine must traverse the dangerous mountains near her homelands and retrieve a certain relic.
But first, she must survive an infamous bandit who also seeks the relic, not to mention a fall into a deep ravine cursed by the Lord of the Dead himself for sins long past.
Little does Alaine know that this is only the beginning of her journey for along the way, she will make a discovery that will change her life forever.
Hatchling Heroes is $24.99 from book stores or www.shortstoppress.com.