When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture.
I'm not sure that it's possible to write a novel about people who don't transgress or stumble, people who don't surprise themselves with the things they do, people who can explain all their actions with perfect logical consistency. At least it's not possible for me to write that sort of novel.
The few times I've tried to write original screenplays, it's a difficult process because I just don't feel like I know the characters the way I know them after the year or two it takes to write a novel.
I've been a little bit obsessed with religion, without being a religious person, for about a decade.
I did a lot of reading of the Bible and became fascinated with the idea of the Rapture. It's pretty wild. I hadn't heard of it until I was in college.
I used to describe myself as a comic novelist, but my concerns seem to have darkened over the past few years.