As some of you already know, I'm writing a novel pertaining to the wrestling entertainment industry. It's a fictional novel, though some characters are based on actual wrestlers [loosely] and some are characters from my other novels...and some are made up specifically for this novel. I'm still working on the overall plot, so I'm still unable to share a proper synopsis with you. However, I've been having trouble deciding how to handle certain aspects of the characters and how you learn about them in the story. Do you people generally enjoy a backstory to certain characters? Do you want to know WHY certain characters are the way they are? If they have families? Their quirks? etc? I mean, I would like to develop these characters so they are fun to follow as characters...I take pride in bringing my characters to life. However, the side and back stories are only part of the process for this. I find the idea a bit complex because you have the backstories of the characters [which are brief and likely just mentioned during their conversations], the wrestling arc storyline [for the in-ring stuff], plus the actual story which is what is happening outside of the ring. Is this sort of multi-layered story okay with readers like you? I mean, I wanted to focus on wrestling fans as my target market...and y'all are a little complex for me. Obviously, fans read. Wrestlers are constantly releasing books about their lives and Mick Foley has been rather successful with his endeavors in writing. So my question is: How much backstory do you expect for a character? How much should I cover...or does it depend on the character and how important that character is to the story? Since several of the characters are from other novels, I want to tread carefully anyway so I don't give away too much of the details of the stories they come from. Does the multi-layered storyline pose a problem? Or, is it fine, since each part is separated clearly? [Example: Storyline between...I dunno...Zack Ryder and The Miz. They are at each other's throat in their story arc in the ring...but then they go off together as buddies to get pizza together and discuss the match or talk about their girlfriends...I dunno. In-ring story...then their real life stuff]. Anyone have any opinions or thoughts on that? Y'all's suggestions may help me decide how to construct the story. ALSO...been having some issues with the whole in-ring thing. I have to research the basic names for the moves and how to properly use them and design them into new moves [and there will be some fantastical movies you probably won't see in real life wrestling...but not a whole lot]. My problem is...how much of the in-ring action should I write out? Should I only do the whole matches some of the time...or every time? Should I describe parts of the matches and not others? Since there are several aspects to the novel's overall plot, how MUCH would you read about the actual matches themselves before it just got old/boring/annoying/repetitive? Any thoughts or suggestions about how to put that together?