LOVE is the most basic of human needs, right behind food, clothing, and shelter. It's the universal emotion of all humans.
Ever wondered why there are so many songs about love? So many movies with at least a subplot of love? So many books about love?
We crave love and acceptance the way desert craves the rain. For love, wars have been waged. Feuds fought. Lives endangered. Parents defied. Thrones abdicated. Risks taken.
Does true love promise there will never be problems? No! Love brings the grandest joy, the deepest sense of belonging, the most exquisite pain. Romance is loving all through the drudgery, the sorrow, the flat humdrum, and the disappointment, because ultimately, the relationship is worth saving.
Romance is a husband driving all the way across town to give his wife a hug when she's having a terrible day, or taking her to her favorite chick flick.
It's a wife cuddling up to her husband and trying to look interested in his favorite sports team on TV, or working side by side with him in the yard.
Love is when two people would rather be together than with anyone else. It's living in the moment. It's creating memories to cherish for years to come.
As a romance novelist, I challenge couples in love in my quest to create a believable romantic novel. In my books, I create fantasy worlds based on real historical settings. My Fantasy novel has a combination of Medieval, ancient Rome, and Victorian England. My Regency Romance novels, are, of course, set in Regency England. But that's just the setting. The stories have some adventure and some intrigue, but ultimately, are about people searching for love. The couples and their emotions are real to me because I've felt those same emotions.
I always strive to develop characters that are multi-dimensional, have a history, have flaws that make them human, and have strengths that set them apart from the crowd. The main characters aren't always the best looking, or the smartest or most powerful, but they have courage, honor and perseverance...and a deep need to give and receive love.
How do you most want to be shown love?