Honestly? No, not on the global scale of what “hardship” actually means. Writing books, making them good, and getting them published is hard and challenging. But it’s not a “hardship.” I’ve been lucky to get a good education, have a supportive family and friends, and be able to support myself while I wrote. I think there’s a strange popular perception that writers have to suffer or have difficult and interesting lives in order to write. This is not actually true. Boring people write interesting stuff all the time.