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J. Kent Messum is an author & creative writing instructor who always bets on the underdog. His first novel BAIT (August 2013, Penguin Books) won the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for ‘Best First Novel.’ His second novel HUSK (July 2015, Penguin Books) was optioned for an international TV series by Warp Films in the UK.

Messum lives in Toronto with his wife, dog, and a pair of cats. He is currently working on his third and fourth novels. He teaches Creative Writing at the University Of Toronto, and is also a book critic for the New York Journal Of Books.

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“Reading J. Kent Messum’s Bait is like taking a high dive into black water. What you find in its murky depths is disturbing, pulse-pounding and utterly surprising. An exhilarating
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J. Kent Messum I try to have more than one project going at one time. If I'm stuck on one story, I simply move to the other. Also, I find it easy to dodge writer's b…moreI try to have more than one project going at one time. If I'm stuck on one story, I simply move to the other. Also, I find it easy to dodge writer's block if you don't write in a linear fashion. Write the parts that are ready to be written and don't be afraid to jump around. You can write chapter 8 first, then chapter 20, then chapter 1 if you feel inclined. (less)
J. Kent Messum Thanks Johann! I'm glad you're enjoying my novels, and I'm thrilled to be your new favorite! Right now I'm finishing off my 3rd and 4th books, both th…moreThanks Johann! I'm glad you're enjoying my novels, and I'm thrilled to be your new favorite! Right now I'm finishing off my 3rd and 4th books, both thrillers. Hopefully they'll be out sometime in 2017.(less)
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Interview with Beauty In Ruins

"I don't write for weak minds, weak hearts, or weak stomachs..."

I recently had a great interview over at BEAUTY IN RUINS with Bob Milne who hit me with some fantastic questions. We discussed Husk's journey, the writing craft, and what will be happening down the road. When you get a chance, drop by and see how it all went!

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J. Kent Messum Mike wrote: "Thnaks for the friend invite, J. My apologies for not accepting earlier but occasionally I get a little distracted on this site and need catching up."

Don't worry, I do too! Cheers, Mike.


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J. Kent Messum Craig *ARISEN FROM THE ABYSS* wrote: "Thanks for the request!"

You're welcome!


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Mike Thnaks for the friend invite, J. My apologies for not accepting earlier but occasionally I get a little distracted on this site and need catching up.


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J. Kent Messum Parthiban wrote: "HI Kent, thanks for the friend-invitation. Looking forward to read your works soon!"

Excellent! I hope you enjoy them Parthiban :)

Happy reading!


Parthiban Sekar HI Kent, thanks for the friend-invitation. Looking forward to read your works soon!


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Sue Thank you J for making connections


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Sean Peters Hi

Hope you will join my thriller group

" A Good Thriller"


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Nancy Looking forward to it!


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J. Kent Messum Nancy wrote: "Thanks for the add and for answering my question! I loved Bait and hope you're hard at work on Husk. Another horror/thriller?"

You're very welcome, Nancy! So glad you enjoyed Bait, and tremendous thanks for the killer review. The novel is still trying to find its audience, and your recommendation of it was awesome.

HUSK is a gritty thriller about the future of prostitution, due out in March 2015. Can't wait for publication date!


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Nancy Thanks for the add and for answering my question! I loved Bait and hope you're hard at work on Husk. Another horror/thriller?


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J. Kent Messum Denise wrote: "I can't wait to read more of your books! Anything on the horizon?"

Yes, definitely! I'm currently working on my second novel HUSK which will hopefully be out within the next year.


Denise MacDonald I can't wait to read more of your books! Anything on the horizon?


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