J.K. Rowling started writing her first Harry Potter(HP) book in 1990 while on a train going to London's King Cross. However, she had to stop writing abruptly after the death of her mother. Due to her mother's sudden death, Rowling sunk into a deep depression. She later moved to Portugal in hopes of overcoming her depression and to begin writing again. But instead of overcoming the depression, she sunk deeper and stopped writing all together. While in Portugal she got married and had a daughter before the marriage suddenly ended. Rowling and her daughter moved to Scotland after the marriage ended, and she found herself hitting rock bottom. She came home to no job, an unfinished book, and was living off of unemployment benefits all while still struggling with her depression. She came back to Scotland and started to write again. She wrote in coffee shops while her daughter was asleep. After she had finished the manuscript of the first HP book, she sent the first three chapters of the book to 13 different companies. The first 12 rejected her idea, but the last one, Bloomsbury Children Books, agreed to take on the book. The book was finally published in 1997.