Kiss Me Like You Love Me (the interview)

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Wednesday Lee Friday has a new novel out today. After I stalked her like a crazy fan, and tied her up to the Valentine’s Day torture chamber machine (don’t know what it’s actually called but it’s really tall, about four stories tall, and red), she agreed to an interview with me !!!  

 

 

(Wednesday relaxing in the graveyard back when there was nicer weather)

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What is your new novel about?


I’m so glad you asked.  It’s the story of a serial killer and his boyhood friend.  It’s written in multiple first-person POV which keeps things interesting and allows the reader to see everyone’s motivation.  The story is largely about what can happen when people refuse to take responsibility for themselves.  It also explores themes on abuse, mental illness,  parenting, sexuality, and of course, murder.   It’s set in Michigan in roughly the present day—with plenty of flashbacks.   There are plenty of neat characters—some of whom get their own arcs.  Plenty of people die—some predictably, some not.

Why do you like to write in the horror genre?


Horror is an extremely visceral genre.  People have very little control over what scares them—and our fears are often related to aspects of our psyche that we go out of our way to keep hidden.  Some people have no idea why something scares them, so they don’t even know what to avoid.  Other people actively seek out things that will frighten them.  I certainly do.  I am fascinated by fear and how people respond to it.  Confronting fear is good for us and allows us to expand control over our own lives.  This makes the horror genre valuable to society at large.  Of course, many people avoid horror for just that reason—a fear of having to confront, or be confronted by, the things that make one uncomfortable, nervous, or downright terrified.  I say, fear of horror is fear of what’s lurking within your own psyche.  And if you’re afraid of yourself, the answer is not to ignore it—it’s to deal with it.  In that sense, I suppose writing horror is a way of holding a mirror up to humanity at large.  Humanity at large can be a hideous and daunting thing.

How is this novel like other novels in your genre and how is it different?


I did agonize about why it was valid to give people one more novel about a serial killer.  There is a certain formula people tend to use for these books: 1. Introduce person.  2.  Show person murdering.  3. Give clues as to why he murders.  4.  Show what ultimately happens to that person as a result of their crimes.  The killer is either caught or he isn’t; he either pays for his crimes or he doesn’t.

I wanted to take that basic structure and turn it into something that readers will have to ponder when they’re done with the book.  Serial Killer Mikey Goretti will frustrate, fascinate, and infuriate the reader.  Hopefully though, the reader will simply have to know what happens.  And afterward, the reader can contemplate the morality and general circumstances of the story.  We read about serial killers not just because they are grotesquely fascinating.  We do it so we can recognize and understand how killers become so, and how we can prevent the spread of that mindset.   

What is your writing process? Do you outline or make it up as you go along, or what?

I tend to begin with a rough outline that I deviate wildly from no later than the second draft.  The third draft is usually the one produced after shredding the second draft and engaging in long contemplation in re: theme.  If characters are good, they will develop a mind of their own—telling me what they need to do rather than waiting for me to think something up.  Really though, every book is different.  I have five different manuscripts I began as part of NaNoWriMo and then finished later, three of these now being published.   My idea file though, is about 10 pages of ideas for plots, characters, and random happenings I want to eventually cover.


Tell us a few biography types of things about yourself.


Let’s see, I’m pagan, married, and have a BA in theatre and broadcasting.  When I’m not writing, I watch lots of movies—mainly classics and quality horror.  I also do loom knitting, cooking, various crafty things, and have been trying in vain to learn a musical instrument for much of my life.  Right now I have a dulcimer, theramin, keyboard, recorder, and a violin.   I’m a fan of Christopher Moore, LOST, the Harvard comma, and Stewart/Colbert. 

Do you have any writing rituals?


I do my best writing between 1-8am, with a giant bottle of water and maybe some chocolate.  I take frequent breaks to check my Email or catch up on Facebook.  Frankly, it’s kind of a dirty trick that the machine I use to access the Internets is also the machine I write on. 

Do you scare yourself when writing a horror novel?


Yes.  To the point of nightmares even.  Some of these characters are terrifying.

What is the cause of evil in the world?


I don’t really believe in the purity of Evil.  Humans tend to define “evil” as an action that causes harm or suffering to another person (or sometimes an animal).  But there are lots of reasons that people do horrible things.  Most practitioners of vile deeds are trying to compensate for things they believe have wronged them in the past.  Some people honestly feel like they have a right to foist their unhappiness on other people—even going so far as saying “Well, such and such happened to me, and I turned out fine.”  Guess what?  If you’re purposely increasing the amount of unhappiness in the world, you are NOT fine.  Not at all.  It’s probably too  much to ask that unhappy people go get the therapy they need.  Usually people who need to know something the most are the people most resistive to it.   I explore that in detail in the new book.


What are your other novels about that are out now?


My first novel, A Stabbing for Sadie, also deals with murder, mental illness, drugs, and violence.  It is a singular, first-person narrative examining the history and motives of a woman who commits matricide.  Although the subject matter is heavy and deep, the tone of the story is witty and engaging.  It contains a few surprises, and lots of general truthiness.


My follow up, The Cat’s Apprentice is very different in tone than my other books.  It has more of a chick-lit feel to it.  The story contrasts two women who meet again at their high school reunion.  This novel deals with themes of revenge, pro-activity, mental illness, feminism, and magick.  There are also a couple of sneaky cats, one of whom might actually try to commit a murder of its own.


 

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watch this commercial (for a different Wednesday Lee Friday book) – it’s really really really really really cool

 

 

 

 

 

(I did the cover art for this one – mwah ha ha for me !!! )

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The official release day of Kiss Me Like You Love Me is today.

To get it at B&N click here

To get it at Amazon click here

Or just tell your favorite bookstore to order it for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a humble novelist.

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