I know that a novel needs to start with action. It should pick up right in the middle of the drama, to grab the readers attention. If it doesn't happen within the first three chapters, you risk losing your reader. Well, my drama doesn't start until chapter four. Because it NEEDS the backstory to make sense. I'm not saying my story is confusing -- it's actually the most simple plot I've ever come up with. Basically the story kicks off once my MC gets "changed" into a creature. But I can't just start the story off with the change, because I need to build a little on her relationship with the creature that changes her. Because the change is her choice, not an accident or a situation where she's dying and has to be changed to live. But it makes me worried that it happens so late. Basically, in chapter one, my MC is given an assignment which will bring her into contact with the creatures. In chapter two, she meets a creature. In chapter three, she interviews the creature. In chapter four, she convinces the creature to change her, and chapter five is her waking up after the change and really experiencing it. To remedy this, I thought of starting off with the change and her waking up from it. Then, in chapter two, I could go back to when she first met the creature and move forward to her change. That way I could start the book off immediately with the drama and still have the backstory. But would this be weird or off putting? Is there a better way to do this? Or should I just stick with what I have? Thanks!