I think we are trying to create a world in itself, a kind of universe. We want people to become involved with that world, and they do it in their relationships with these fictional characters. And sometimes their relationship can be surprisingly powerful, almost alarming. People pray for my characters.
For several weeks now, GOP congressman Aaron Schock has been at the center of negative media attention because of things he is alleged to be hiding, inspiring ethics complaints. But the one thing reporters are not talking about openly -- yet appear to be wink-winking and nudge-nudging about -- is the question of Schock's sexual orientation. This is glaring and curious.