Wednesday Lee Friday – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Kiss Me Like You Love Me introduces Mikey Goretti, a Michigan man who does not seem to realize that what he does makes him a serial killer. In his mind, he’s tired of getting pushed around, and looking for just the right girl. We also meet Mikey’s Mama, his wife and stepdaughters, his boss, his girlfriend, and his best friend.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have lived in Michigan all my life, and my books are all set there. I have a bachelor of arts degree in Theater and Broadcast Journalism from Olivet College (though my diploma says simply “Communications” which to me, displays a dismissive attitude toward the single most important thing we do as humans—communicate).

What inspired you to write this book?

Like my first novel, this book addresses social ills and what, if anything, we can do about them. It’s very easy to condemn people who do terrible things. But by understanding sociopathy, addiction, and mental illness, we may be able to prevent these things from happening again and again.

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?

I decided that I wanted by book to be read more than I wanted to be published by a big house. Kris Stamp at StoneGarden Publishing responded enthusiastically to my book. He assigned a amazing artists to do cover designs, and offered me lots of moral support. I was happy to sign on with them and have published three novels with StoneGarden, and had several stories featured in their eclectic anthology.

Why horror?

Horror really is an underrepresented genre. Lots of people consume it, but comparatively few take it seriously. Because of this, it is profitable to produce lousy horror, and naturally, there’s a lot of lousy horror being produced. Good horror is a thing to behold. It forces us to confront our fears, our nightmares, inner and outer demons. It makes us consider what we might do if faced with truly terrifying circumstances—and our answers often surprise us. Horror isn’t just human insanity, the monster in the darkness, the bump in the night. At its best, horror pushes the limits of psychological endurance. It makes us feel a range of emotion as we experience suspense, terror, foreboding, nervous laughter, love, hate, hope, and intense fear. And it lets us experience these things from the (relative) safety of our homes. For me, horror is a profoundly worthy pursuit.

What are you reading now?

I have recently discovered Jack Ketchum. On the one hand, I feel woefully remiss for having waited so long to read him. On the other, it is tremendous fun to be reading his books for the first (of many, I presume) time. Having finished The Girl Next Door and The Lost, recently, I have moved on to Off Season, mainly because of the review that basically dismissed it as violent pornography.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I read horror, comedy, thrillers, and tons of true crime and psychology. My faves are Stephen King (of course), Jack Ketchum, Thomas Harris, Robert Bloch, Margaret Atwood, Bret Easton Ellis, Peter Vronsky and Vincent Bulgliosi. I despise James Patterson and don’t think I will ever understand how anyone can enjoy him.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

One word: Zombies.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Write just exactly whatever you want to write, the way you’d want to read it. If it is sincere and meanningful, it will find an audience.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Download opening chapters and FREE audiobook podcasts at my website:

Find my main blog at

I can also be found on Facebook, Amazon, MySpace, and wherever cool kids hang out online.