We're nothing if we're not loved. When you meet somebody who is more important to you than yourself, that has to be the most important thing in life, really. And I think we are all striving for it in different ways. I also believe very, very strongly that everybody is the hero/heroine of his/her own life. I try to make my characters kind of ordinary, somebody that anybody could be. Because we've all had loves, perhaps love and loss, people can relate to my characters.
And I love this quote - as many question the romance genre or classify it as 'beach reads', Ms Binchy hits the nail on the head:
The important thing is to realise that everyone is capable of telling a story. it doesn't matter where we were born or how we grew up...
As for the 'read almost every book', I see from her website: http://www.maevebinchy.com/ (an excellent inspirational quote on her home page, if you're interested) that she wrote a book for writers, The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club. Must get my hands on that.
Maeve Binchy - you will be missed.