Hello, I'm working on my first (well..second one i've started, but this WILL be the one I work all the way through) and I have a list of characters, bio's on them, and the basic plot of the story, but I just can't figure out how (and in what age frame) I should start it. Basically...the story is about a guy who makes a deal with the devil (doesn't know it's the devil) to save his wifes life when she dies giving birth. He then has to become the grim reaper and do the devils work for him. The twist in this will be when his assignment is to kill either his wife or his son (haven't figured that part out yet) and instead fights internally to free himself of the contract and to save his wife/son. What I want to do is build the story a good bit, showing the love and care he and his wife have before this all takes place. They met at college, got married shortly after that. He was from a poor broken home and she was from a rich family. They didn't approve of him, so she married him regardless and broke herself off from her family. I know all of that happened, and I don't want to bore readers (even if i'm the only one reading it lol) of all that information by starting the story there, I could just use that information in the middle of the story..I guess. Does anyone have any suggestions as far as how far back to start? I was thinking of these different possibilities: 1) in college, around when they met 2) After graduation 3) After his job offer post graduation 4) When she finds out she is pregnant (this one I like the most so far) Does anyone have any opinions..or have any other suggestions?