February is one of my favorite months. It is usually cold and dreary, but right in the middle is one of the most cheerful holidays – Valentine’s Day. We all notice the paper valentines on the racks in the drug stores and supermarkets. Some decry the holiday as too commercialized, but I believe that declarations of love cannot be a bad thing.
Writing romantic thrillers keeps me conscious of the themes of commitment and emotional connection. My characters make many mistakes and have quite a few missteps when it comes to their love lives. The Explorer’s Code describes the intense love between two people who thought love had passed them by. The Stolen Chalice is based on the theme of unrequited love. My next book is about the need for commitment and how hard that can be for some people.
Someone once told me that the only mistake we can make is by not declaring the love we feel. I agree. Take this February to reach out and embrace those you love. It will warm your heart during this cold and dreary winter season. And please, don’t forget the chocolate.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy Valentine’s Day.