William Cane is the pen name of Michael Christian. He began his career innocently enough teaching English at Boston College, but when his book The Art of Kissing was published in 1991 his life changed almost overnight. Before he knew it, he was asked to speak William Cane about kissing at colleges across the country, and then television and radio stations began asking him to appear on their shows to help people kiss. Affectionately known as “The Kissing Doctor,” he has appeared on more than a hundred radio and television programs, including Today, The View, and CBS This Morning. His research has been featured in print and electronic media internationally and has appeared in such publications as Glamour, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, Elle, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune.

Educated at Fordham, Boston College, Boston College Law School, and Boston University, he practiced law briefly in 1986 before switching careers. He taught English at Boston College and the City University of New York (College of Staten Island and John Jay). A multiple award-winning public speaker, he also taught public speaking in the department of speech, communications, and theatre arts at the Borough of Manhattan Community College from 2015 to 2019.

Cane is the author of numerous books, including The Art of Kissing (1991), The Birth Order Book of Love (2008), Write Like the Masters (2009), Clubhouse Confidential (with Luis Castillo) (2011), The New Testosterone Treatment (with Edward Friedman) (2013), Sleeping Your Way to the Top (with W. David Brown and Terry Cralle) (2016), Kissing U.S.A. (Cleis Press 2019), and Every Picture Hides a Story: The Secret Ways Artists Make Their Work More Seductive (with Anna Gabrielle) (Rowman & Littlefield 2022). He wrote the book and lyrics for Meet the Real Ernest Shackleton which was produced off-off-Broadway in 2004. Cane lives in Yonkers, New York, with his wife and daughter.