I'm a bit worried now after I have read an article from an author somewhere. She says that one should not start with the story 'too soon'. Meaning, I think, that there shouldn't be a long part of the story before the action actually starts. In 'Gemima', quite a lot happens before the actual 'action' starts. all of this is necessary, as far as I'm concerned, to get to know the characters a bit. The parents, for example, form a crucial part of the story, but they are not even in the section of the story where the 'magical' happens. Not sure if I should address this, or just leave it they way I think it's important for me and the story.
Any views on this? I.e. what's your experience when you read a book?