1 Corinthians 13: 4-8: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Today, authors speak about love in their lives and their writing.
Jen Winters: I believe in ultimate grace and mercy. I really do believe in unconditional, unequivocal, unstoppable love. And I hope that belief is evident in my writing.
Mistral Dawn: The tagline for my first book, Taken By The Huntsman, is “Love Is Magical.” I truly believe this. There is no problem in this world that could not be solved if humanity ever discovered perfect love. “Love thy brother” is one of the foundational teachings of Christianity, and has been expressed in various forms by nearly every major religion in existence, and yet it is still so rare to find people who are genuinely willing to open their hearts to others. It’s understandable, loving other people is definitely a risk. It opens you up to the possibility that the person you love will use your love for them to hurt you; that they will betray you because your love for them has allowed them past your defenses. But even with that risk, I think it’s worth it to experience the joy that loving other people allows you. The alternative is a life that is empty and cold. I don’t claim to be a genius, but I do know that choosing to love others makes your own life a much happier place to be. The magic of love is that the more of it you give, the more of if you have. How many thing can you say that about?
Veronica Del Rosa: I spent my teenage years searching for the grand passion portrayed in romance novels. After thirteen years with my husband, I’ve come to realize that real love takes commitment and compromise, a willingness to overlook flaws, and the ability to laugh with each other.
Kawanee Hamilton: Love is two people finding someone who is willing to help carry each other’s burdens. It isn’t always perfect but it is always beautiful and with the right partner love is enduring and can get you through everything life throws at you. The people in my writing aren’t always perfect and they don’t always say or do the right thing at the right time but they always come around.
Jamie Jeffries: In romance novels, love usually means living happily ever after with each other. But love isn’t selfish. Sometimes true love means letting go.
Julie Nicholls: Love is trusting someone with your heart, and knowing no matter what, they’ll be there for you, and accept you with all your faults and imperfections.
Anna Brooks: True love doesn’t know distance or time. It’s the moments together, however small or short, that prove what love is really worth.
Sheila R. Parker: “Love is bittersweet happiness. It’s like a rollercoaster with its ups and downs, but definitely worth the ride.”