I've been a little bit obsessed with religion, without being a religious person, for about a decade.
I was also known as Frodo because I was an early adopter of 'The Lord of the Rings.' Tom Perr
I think I'm fascinated by the power of religion in our culture. Like a lot of secular, liberal people, I ignored it for a long time. Lately, of course, just from a political perspective, it's impossible to ignore.
Nothing beats novel writing because it's complete expression of you. You just control everything. Not even a movie director has that level of control.
I don't really distinguish between sympathy and honesty when I'm writing. The two go together - I'm interested in inhabiting my characters, seeing the world through their eyes.