The next big thing – Lindsay Emory

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By Lindsay Emory

Marines. Dragons. Vampires. What do all these things have in common? ♥

Hopefully, they’re not in the same book. Although, now that I think about it, a military unit filled with paranormal creatures would make a great starting point for a new series.

No, what I meant to point out was that all of the above have been major trends in romance novels in the past decade or so. And when a trope or a genre starts to get popular, writers start to wonder… is it time for me to jump on that trend?

The general consensus is… yes. As long as they can catch the wave and be among the first to write Hawaiian-dolphin shape shifters.

Which sounds like great advice! Aloha bestseller lists!

The problem is, of course, that with thousands of books published daily, it would be almost impossible to know everything that is released, identify the next trends and predict how readers might react to Gnome on the Range, a historical lawn ornament western.

So authors can only do their best to keep one eye on the market and the other on their keyboard, navigating what their readers are responding to and what their own muse demands.

I have experience with this situation. In 2016, I started writing The Royal Runaway with only one scene in mind – a princess from a European country, left at the altar on her wedding day. Writing this book was truly one of the most creative experiences of my writing career. In many ways, I felt like I had been dropped into a foreign land where I didn’t know the language, the geography or culture. I sank deep into myself and pulled out the story, scene by crazy scene.

A couple of editors decided that my romantic, funny adventure should be released to readers around the world. We set a publication date. Then… the impossible happened.

Prince Harry of Wales announced his marriage to Ms. Meghan Markle. Then his cousin, Princess Eugenie of York announced her engagement to… a very nice fellow, I’m sure.

And a trend was seemingly born. A flurry of royal romance books hit the market, (including mine, as of October 9, 2018). Many of these were written, like mine, years before these royal relationships got Windsor Castle-serious. A few were written after the announcements, I’m sure, but we’re all a part of a very fun wave that none of us could ever have predicted.

And now, I’m off to write my next book, featuring an elite commando unit of vampires. Perhaps I’ll get lucky and it too will be the next big thing?

As a Texan and recovering sorority girl, Lindsay Emory has strong opinions on “real” football (soccer, duh), wine (bubbles, please), and wearing white after Labor Day (just don’t). Lindsay writes books with mystery and romance featuring cranky heroes and the sassy heroines who drive them crazy. She lives on the North Texas plains with two big dogs and her own cranky hero, drinking gimlets and raising two STEM warrior princesses. The Royal Runaway is out now.

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