JK Rowling experienced something similar until her writing took off. Her article in the Times defends the welfare state which enabled her to survive single parenthood.
I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Major’s Government, was there to break the fall. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism.
So far so relatively anodyne. What I want to draw your attention to is the comments on the Times site. Someone pointed out if you sort by most recommended you get the most insanely bigoted.
Rowling clearly feels bitter about those hard years. Perhaps she also feels guilty and conflicted about having sponged off the state.
Make people more responsible for their own actions. Yes, MAKE.
Dinosaur socialist garbage
You stupid woman!... I object to paying for young unmarried women to go out and get pregnant in order to spend a life on benefits and get a free house.
We have a whole strata of society that are little better than leaches!
I call Rowling a traitor
The Conservatives are more about people raising themselves up... than the state doing it for them. It's called personal responsibility.
Still got a nasty chip on her shoulder despite the billion.
pretty typical of Scottish prejudice against the English... I wonder how any normal person can live with such bitterness
I'm not interested in sob stories from single mothers
you need to understand that it is sensible to make sure that the relationship is right BEFORE you become pregnant
Crooked Timber discussion