Ah! Today is the day of L'Amour! Everyone on the planet knows what it is to love, even if the expression of such varies. Love is such a powerful emotion it's no wonder it finds its way, in one form or another, into most literature. My own writing is no exception.
While I like to explore at times those darker places in the human experience, love always seems to sneak in. Love is often the one thing that topples those last vestiges of the Monster that lives within. Love breaks the bonds, tears down the walls, overcomes bleak night. Love bridges the gap, cherishes the unlovable, repairs the broken.
Is it any wonder our fascination with that emotional connection between each other? Even within the blackest heart dwells the speck that yearns to be loved, wishes to love in return; twisted as it becomes, it's there. These ideas motivate a lot of my writing. I enjoy exploring the journey between evil and goodness -- the way paved by a profound love.
Even in my erotic writing, though lust plays a major role, the foundation is love springing from a deep passion between the characters. The one night stand is hot, but a blossoming, tumultuous relationship springing out of that encounter is hotter. It lingers like the scent of a lover; it sinks into the skin.
How does love play a part in your writing? What aspects of love do you like to explore?