Wendel Messer was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland, and has Lunenburg as well as Newfoundland roots. He attended school in Halifax and Toronto. After earning a Filosofie Kandidat (B.A.) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto, he taught English as a Second Language and Driver Education. At present he lives in a mobile home near Gravenhurst, Ontario. Messer sells his books at craft shows and farmers markets, as well as over the Net.
Messer in 2002
FARMERS MARKET, published in 2013, is the author's first foray into crime, though with a humourous and satirical twist. The story is an exposť of so-called farmers markets, markets that can be dysfunctional and engaged in deception, including those that are registered co-operative corporations.
In writing my second book, The Sink, I took some inspiration from my maternal grandfather, Simon Butler MBE. I have by my desk the document signed by King George VI in 1942, granting him the dignity of Member in the Order of the British Empire. Simon Butler had not much schooling by todays standards. and yet he rose to be a justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland. In The Sink, it is said of the protagonists mythical grandfather that 'He never put his boots on till he got to town, but they made him Deputy Registrar just the same.' Mr. Butler never owned a car and he walked to the courthouse every day. So did Bob, his Newfoundland dog, who went to fetch him when the day was done.
Philosophically, I am very comfortable with the ideas of Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius. And so I should be, since Marcus is the main focus in my book Verus and the Grand Assembly of Believers. Marcus represents Greek and Roman stoicism, a Western equivalent of Buddhism. It was while reading Marcus's Meditations that I conceived of the Verus story.