"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved."
~ Victor Hugo
"Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedlyand without law, and must be plucked where it is found,and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration."
~ D. H. Lawrence
Everything in life boils down to love. Without love in your life (whether it be spouse/significant other, parents, children, siblings, friends, extended family) nothing else really matters.
You could have millions of dollars, the most powerful job, the most prestigious career...you could be a genious, a movie star, an opera singer...but at the end of the day, when you curl up on your couch to relax, if you don't have someone to sit beside you out of sincere love (any type of love--friendship, romance, familial), you're empty.
Have you ever noticed that about 99% of all songs are about one type of love or another and about 75% of those are about romantic love?
Have you ever noticed that tombstone engravings talk about the loss of a beloved family member--not a CEO or stock broker or real estate agent?
People live life to be loved. Loved makes us happy. There is nothing more important.
And I often remind myself of that fact when I feel embarassed to tell others I write romantic suspense.
Do you find yourself embarassed to admit to writing in the romance genre? Have you gotten nasty remarks or condesending attitudes when you tell them you write in the romance genre?