In the novel I’m currently writing the back story is critical but it is teased out. Quite a balancing act but it helps keep the tension there. Why is she in this situation?, etc. I’m not a plotter and don’t write character bios but by the time I get into it I know those characters pretty well. Until they surprise me…(that’s the coolest thing about fiction writing!). Presumably they also surprise the reader.

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Novelist, Tech Marketing Writer, Growth Consultant. I have been a professional writer for over 20 years- 8 non-fiction books and 1 novel, many articles, etc.

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