Today’s guest post is by an author that I am fanatical about. Welcome back Karen-Anne Stewart! Thrilled to have you. Karen-Anne’s new novel is called Ash to Steele. Catch an interview with the characters and learn more about Ash to Steele on Tuesday.
Is Love Healing or Destructive?
“Love me or hate me, both are in my favor…If you love me, I’ll always be in your heart…If you hate me, I’ll always be in your mind.” William Shakespeare
Love is the most powerful emotion in existence. Love, in itself, is full of grace and can heal even the most depraving emotional wounds, however, the actions one does because of the depth of the emotion can be both healing and destructive. While writing Ash to Steele, I often thought of how there is such a gray line between love and destruction. There’s not one person who can honestly say that love hasn’t turned their world upside down, either good or bad…maybe both.
In my personal opinion, I feel that even the healthiest relationships have destructive moments; hopefully those moments are few and far between and the healing aspect of love greatly outweighs the destruction. Without love, jealousy wouldn’t exist. It’s like there’s this flipside to love, a darkness that shadows the light, a poison that taints the sanctity of the emotion. I believe in the power of love and how it can change even the hardest heart, but with my romantic dreamer side, I have to admit that I’m also a bit of a realist and I can see how the gray lines can so easily be blurred. That saying, ‘There’s a fine line between love and hate,’ holds a poignant truth.
If a person has emotional wounds or a destructive past that consumes them, love can be twisted into something dark and dangerous, becoming obsessive and deadly. Even the most emotionally healthy person can occasionally succumb to the desperation unrequited love ,or the threat of losing love, can create. Hopefully, a person is well adjusted enough to turn heartache into something productive…some of the best songs have been written out of despair, but, sadly, many times, love can turn malignant. Again, I want to reiterate how I feel that love itself is healing, but the loss of love is powerful, and this is what can destroy lives.
Ash to Steele is full of healing, destruction, heartache, and hope. This novel shows the power of both sides of love, the dark and the light. Breck does everything he can to avoid any form of attachment to women; he has a woman once and never looks back, until he meets Emma. She is his sweetest hell. He’s never wanted or needed anyone before her, and he wants to hate her for causing the emotion he’s tried so hard to avoid bleed life inside his heart and soul. Emma has been loved all her life but she’s never experienced being in love before she met Breck. She’s desperate to leave her suffocating life behind and find the ‘more’ she’s been searching for. Breck is both her heaven and hell; her escape and prison. The reader will experience both the destruction and healing of love as they read the story of Breck and Emma.