After years of research, setting evaluation, character development, plot planning, and then ironing out the glitches I have finally begun writing my first novel that I plan to self publish. I have put so much work into it as I believe it needs to be perfect so here I am admitting I am truly stuck on this issue. I am writing the novel in past tense or so I thought until I realized i'm switching around but it just seems logical so I need some opinions on if this makes sense or if I need to rethink these sentences somehow. EXAMPLE: “You are going and I am not taking no for an answer,” My sister shouted from her room, “Now get in here!” I walked over to her doorway before replying, “Do I have to? I would rather just watch a movie and relax.” Now as you can see the first sentence is past tense as I want it because that's what's more comfortable to me, but to me changing the second sentence just sounds weird, but i'm wondering if that's just me and If I should be fixing these errors.... I walked over to her doorway before I replied, "Do I have to? I would rather just watch a movie and relax." Is the second sentence the way I should be wording these once in a while present tense sentences I run into which are always structured like this having to do with an action before dialogue.