Michael D. Massaro

Smashwords Interview

What is your favorite book, and why?
When I was about 13, I read "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. Written in the 1st person, there was something about being inside the head of Huck Finn that completely enthralled me. It's not a short book, but when I reached the end, I was so disappointed that I immediately turned back to page one and read the whole thing again. Then I read it again. OK, maybe I was a little OCD, but I really identified with Huck and his world.

Many years later I read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling. I was transported by the story, the characters, and the setting. I've read all seven books several times (hmmm, maybe I really am OCD) and still love them. In fact the Harry Potter books inspired me to write my own books.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything that interests me, and that changes all the time. I'm currently reading "The Dark Side of Genius" by Donald Spoto. It's a very detailed bio of Alfred Hitchcock, the 'master of suspense.' I feel there's something to be learned by anyone who has achieved success and Hitchcock certainly had many successes in his long career.
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Where to find Michael D. Massaro online


Charlie and the Secret Journey
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 107,670. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 20th Century
Twelve-year-old Charlie Applegate and his three best friends embark on a journey to find Travis' father. Their quest takes them to many strange places where they meet a host of unusual characters and dangerous situations.
Charlie and the Broken Boy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,010. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 20th Century
Eleven-year-old Charlie Applegate's life gets complicated as he copes with girls, a new friend who lives in a foster home and a psychotic bully. He is also worried about his increasingly prophetic and cryptic dreams.
Charlie and the Amazing Brain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,910. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Ten-year-old Charlie Applegate and his new friend, Brian the Brain, solve the mystery of who is trying to burn down their school.
Charlie and the Forgotten Indian
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,890. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
In 1959, ten-year-old Charlie Applegate deals with bullies, a fear of heights and terrifying dreams that predict the future.
Jack Attack: Sword of Shamazar
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 69,670. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
After getting sent off to NYC to live with his grandmother, Jack soon finds himself in a beautiful, but dangerous parallel universe where he is hailed as a savior who has come to rid the world of an infestation of hideous monsters. Jack must evade executioners, assassins and monsters long enough to find a way back to his own world.

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fantasy    magic    romance    teen ficton