It didn't "download" as JK Rowling says HARRY POTTER happened to her, when she was riding the subway, or I believe as she would call it the tube.
However, I do remember the moment the idea came to me - out of the blue.
I was visiting a friend up near Salem, MA. when One night just before falling asleep, I suddenly got the idea for FROM DARKNESS. The only problem, a mere detail, was as a painter and poet I didn't have any idea how to write a novel.!
But the idea persisted and would not go away. So I began.
And because the seed of the book took place in the early 1800's, I began writing FROM DARKNESS late one night at my roll top desk by candle light, writing with a quill pen.
I wrote about 10 or so pages that way until the splotches began distracting the painter in me and I took to writing with pencil and pen.
I wrote the whole book by hand. Writing a few pages a day before, during, and after my day job. Then the next day I would type in what I'd written into my computer.
In a wonderful book called BLACK ELK SPEAKS, Native American, and Medicine Man, Black Elk is quoted as saying, and I'm writing this from memory now: We are not given our dreams to keep to our self. "
I am so happy to finally share my dream, FROM DARKNESS, with all of you, and I only hope it gives you as much pleasure as it gave me to write. I wrote this book because I had to. And I wrote this book for you. - Jacqueline