The Rhodes Less Traveled: an interview with J. Kent Messum - 16.01.17

How intensive does the research process get for you? What little tricks have you picked up with approaching the research phase of writing?
At times the research process gets slow and heavy because I strive to make my stories airtight. I've got a certain inventiveness, which is an asset, but I have to be careful not to slip into simply 'making stuff up' for the sake of the story. Whatever you create fiction, it needs to be based in reality for readers to receive it well. Even the fantastical still has to be supported in ways that are believable and accessible...

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Catching up with J. Kent Messum, author of Husk - 10.11.15

Why do you think people are fascinated with violent crime, and serial killers in particular?
I think the fascination is prevalent because violent crime and serial killers are both horrible realities in our world, the closest things we get to the imagined horrors and unnatural monsters of our fiction. We might not be realistically scared of vampires or zombies because we know they don’t exist, but psychopaths and their behaviors are our nightmares in the flesh. Nightmares that could be all too close when you think about it...

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An Interview with ‘Husk’ author J.Kent Messum – 19.10.15

Husk is the latest offering from award winning author J. Kent Messum, a serial killer thriller aimed at readers with a love for the future, the unknown, and the dark side of humanity. It explores themes of death, technology, class systems and morality, questioning how far we would go as humans for the ultimate commodity of eternal life...

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Shelf Inflicted: Guest Post: From Dark Places, Interview w/ J. Kent Messum - 11.08.15

It’s my view that a good author needs to be an exceptional study of people, do you notice things others don’t or does it all come from the imagination?
I think it’s a healthy dose of both. You definitely have to be observational and take notes, but then you need the imagination to embellish and reconstruct those aspects into an exciting and fluid narrative...

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Word On The Street: Bestsellers Stage Panel Discussion w/ Mary Ito - 22.09.13

J Kent Messum was part of a panel discussion on 'Genre Fiction' at the 2013 Word On The Street Festival in Toronto along with L. Marie Adeline author of S.E.C.R.E.T, Susanna Kearsley author of The Firebird, and New York Times Best Selling author Joy Fielding. You can watch Part 1 here and Part 2 here


Mary Ito Interviews J.Kent Messum on 'Fresh Air' - 22.09.13

(CBC Radio)

Listen to the audio here: http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=2407411498

CBC Radio Fresh Air Interview


My Bookish Ways Interviews J. Kent Messum - 27.08.13

What kind of research did you do for the book?
Much of the deprivation I wrote about was what I experienced up close and personal while observing the behavior of addicts and drug dealers in Toronto...

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