De Jager advised Clark to write a non-fiction account of being a stay-at-home dad. Clark started with the ending but then his inspiration disappeared. He began to look back at why he was a stay-at-home dad – he could not get a job, because he was not properly educated which, in turn, was because he was raised by a zealous Scientologist mother who did not believe in formal education.
The book eventually morphed into part novel, part non-fiction and, as Clark delved deeper into the self-pity and anger that had consumed his earlier years, the first part popped into his mind: “This book is not about self-pity, not in a country full of angry people, is it about anger”. He had the beginning and the ending and knitted them together. Clark revealed how, if he had written the book when he was a child, it would have been about hope. If he had written it as a young adult, it would have been full of seething rage. Luckily, he did not write the book until now and, for that reason, it is a simple story about the cathartic power of love.