My daughter was almost one and my son was three and a half. Neither one of them gave us the luxury of sleeping through the night. My better half and I often found it difficult to go back to sleep immediately after aiding our children in going back to slumber. I took to looking at Facebook and playing mind-numbing games on my iPhone while I awaited drifting back to sleep. One night, an online book showed up in my feed. I started reading and eventually downloaded the app and continued reading the online book. Given I had shown interest in the online book world, my Facebook feed soon was taken over by different stories all catered to me (it still is to be honest).
I downloaded numerous apps and read several stories, most of which were related to the supernatural genre: werewolves, vampires, witches, warlocks, elves, and fairies. About a month or so later, I woke up and turned to Faheem in bed smiling and told him, “I just had the best dream. It felt so real, like I was watching a movie unfold.” I started telling him with vivid recollection all that I could see and feel in the dream and the characters. I made it about ten minutes before he stopped me and said, “I will watch the kids and you should go and write it down into a book.” Now, I love my kids with all my being, but I was still on maternity leave and watching them all day every day during covid was taking a toll on me. I needed a break and when he said he would watch them and I could isolate myself in a room in front of a computer and write down my dream, it wasn’t heaven but at the time, it sure seemed like a picture of heaven for me.
We got up for the day and I locked myself away in our Family room where our computer was set up, and he handled the kids. The words were flowing through me as I did a full-on brain dump in rough draft form. My intent was to get down what I could remember before I forgot it. This continued for a few days, then a couple of weeks. I soon realized the word count and pages were getting up there, so I took it upon myself to do a little research to see how many words approximately a book of this genre should include. I found it should be between 60K to 110K as the normal. I was around the 80K mark and wasn’t close to the end of my story. It was then I knew I had to break it up into multiple books. Coming Into Power is the first of three in the Series. The extremely rough draft was done just before I returned to work from maternity leave. At that point, I figured it was a lost cause. With two young kids and going back to work, when was I going to have time to finish writing the book. Faheem encouraged and supported me by taking the kids one day on the weekends so I could focus on getting it done.
In dreams, if you recall, you kind of jump from one scene to the next but may not know how you got there. I had to build in those bridges and connection points. Things unfolded but I didn’t necessarily know how to get from point A to point B, just that I had gotten there. I started filling in the blanks and soon my book was ready for editing. The rest is history. Listen to the prologue and beginning of my book in audio for free.