So my fellow writers, I'm in a very tight spot right now with one of my current stories that I do see so much potential in, although I have lost some passion for it over the last few months, if that makes any sense. I don't want to share too much but my story is about a former high-school bully turned anti-bullying activist named Shea Deckeran who after moving to a new town when he was sixteen, falls in with a group of bullies and ultimately becomes a participant in a very cruel incident against one of his peers that changes both him and his victim's life forever. Now many years later, as a thirty-something year old, Shea shares his story with a group of modern day middle-schoolers about his past as a bully and everything that transpired. The novel acts as his fourth lecture. But to get down to business, the big problem I'm having with this is structure. Shea's backstory is obviously the bulk of the novel, although I want it to start in present day and to end in present day. So that's what I'm trying to juggle. Chapter One begins in first-person present, in a classroom, as Shea tells us about the students he's about to share his story with, but then he begins to tell his story in first-person past. Is there any way I can make this work because I want the present day characters, the students he's sharing his story with to be involved and have a voice, to have dialogue. If you want I will share an excerpt if that doesn't hurt my chances of getting this material published someday although that's just a fantasy as of right now. What do you guys think??