As a contemporary romance writer, I know that series set in small towns and tight-knit communities are insanely popular.
But there’s also a danger that, as a series grows, those communities can begin to smother the vibrancy of later novels and their characters.
This isn’t just a danger with small-town contemporary romance. It can happen in any series that focuses on a particular community, whether that’s the ton in Regency romance or a fantastical world completely of the author’s creation.
Here are the ways communities can alienate me, the reader, and my thoughts on how to avoid it.