Your spirit is an inspiration.
And yes, I do believe that the foundation of all wirting is based on an emotion, whether it be love, hate, grief, or any other of the multitude of feelings that plague our human souls. All you have to do is read the work of one of the greats to feel their emotion punch out at you from the page. Sometimes it leaves you breathless.
Your term ‘little lady’ made me smile too. For the way you used it, and for the fact I used that term in my last novel. Good luck to you!