I have a main character suffering from PTSD (result of a tramatic event, four years prior). My plot, as well as the developing relationship between the POV character and a potential romantic interest, is partially driven by how much/what/when the details of this tramatic experience are revealed to him. In the interest of avoiding a info-dump situation, and hesitant to have her simply tell him the story (she is fairly unreliable on the subject... flashbacks, secrets, her inability to bring herself to trust him totally- hence no motivation to do so), I am forced to find tricky ways in which other characters reveal bits of info to him throughout the story. This is difficult when writing in first person POV... I am afraid these situations seem forced, and yet still do not reveal enough info. Question 1: If I were to utilize a Forward to set up the tramatic scence, hence revealing her character traits pre -event, label it as a Forward, and then drop the reader into the story four years later, would this be effective? Seems I would need two equally gripping first lines... Question 2: I am really toying with the idea of switching POVs through out the story... first person narrative for several chapters, then switching to third person, limited (from another character's perspective) for one or two chapters (to develop his character). I HOPE the overall feel would be as if the story were being told in retrospect from someone who experienced it, namely the first person POV... but being privy to information she could not have had at the time. Thoughts? Question 3: As the details of the event are revealed to the love interest character, they are also revealed to the reader, which also drives the story. If I count on flashbacks, a forward chapter, and other characters opinions to reveal these details, it simply follows the reader will be privy to information that the love interest is not... I am afraid this will make his character seem FLAT. Tips, or thoughts, on fixing this?