Obsession

A question has been swirling around in my head today…Is obsession always a bad thing? The strict definition of the word contains the phrase ‘unwanted emotion or idea’. In the past, I’ve become, what I would consider, obsessed with a story from one of my favorite authors. I’ve been unable–or perhaps unwilling is more accurate–to put the books down. And I freely admit I hope my readers feel the same ‘obsession’ with my Desired Discipline series, once it becomes available. So, I wonder if obsession is necessarily bad…

Writers will often describe their characters as ‘obsessed’ with their partner’s touch or kiss. I suppose if the feelings are not mutual, it could lead down a painful path. But what about when the feelings are mutual? Is it bad then as well? When two people can’t keep their hands off each other, they can’t wait to be with each other, or when their thoughts consistently return to their partner–is that obsession and if so, is that always bad?