Doug Messel, Writer, sitting on a park bench in Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri

"Just words, writing."

If you're here, you're interested in my words, whether they're fiction, nonfiction, or social media.

I'm a writer with a passion for telling stories—both my own and those of other people. I'm the author of one novel for young adults, In Between Days, which details the final summer before college of a group of friends in southern Indiana. My short fiction has appeared in the pages of So It Goes. Other feature writing has appeared in Evansville News4U Magazine. I'm also the author of other essays in various places, mostly Medium and the short-lived parenting blog Hello Pollywog.

I currently reside in the suburbs of Kansas just outside of Kansas City, Missouri, and write for a small marketing firm. I live with my wife, Erin, and our dog, Wags. When not writing, you'll find me thinking about writing, playing video games and getting bored after ten minutes, listening to an ever-expanding record collection, and considering the negative consequences of eating an entire sleeve of Oreos—and immediately doing it anyway.

Want to hire me?

I'm always looking for opportunities to help tell stories, whether that's in the form of editorial writing or copywriting. Let me work with you on yours today. For a selection of writing samples, click here.

Otherwise? Let's talk.