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Pretend your protagonist is at school and opens his/her locker – what will we see inside?
You would see some old apples, and bananas, some toy trucks and action figures, definitely a soccer ball and some crumpled up permission forms from 3 months ago.
What books were your favorite as a youth and why?
I was into martial arts big time, and my Mom got me this book “Master of Tae Kwon Do” which was a choose your own adventure book. I loved the idea that a book didn’t have to be linear, the concept that I could be on page 17 and then get to choose between turning to page 36 or 75 blew my 8 year old brain.
What’s your favorite sweet treat?
This is almost like choosing between my kids! If I had to pick one, I’d have to go skor and cookie dough blizzard. I can enjoy anytime of year, and I find it if I get an extra large one I can share it with my partner, who LOVES SWEETS more than I.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
I always wanted to be a lawyer and a chef, and not one or the other, but both. I loved watching true crime from an earlier age, I believe that’s why I wanted to be a lawyer. As for a chef I have always loved to cook, and unlike my interest in law, my love for cooking hasn’t changed
What would you write in a letter to your teen self?
I’d tell him that life will work out, it’s not the path we had planned, but it will work out and be great. I’d tell him to be flexible, work on being more present with the people you love because life can take a turn fast, and tell him to not get so caught up in thoughts, of the past or the future. And if this was 16 year old me, I’d let him know that his girlfriend will be his wife, and they will have two beautiful humans and create a life that they want to live.
What candy do you give out at Halloween?
I like to give out candy that I love, so I can a)snack while I am handing it out, and b) have some treats after for our Halloween movie. This year when deciding what box of chocolate bars we would give out, my family (my wife Jenn and two boys Dexter and Beau) ranked 4 boxes of treats all having 4 different types of chocolate bars. We each individually ranked each chocolate bar on a scale of 1 to 4, then came up with an average Masse ranking per box. So to make a long story short (took us around 60mins) the box with the wonderer, caramilk, crispy crunch and mr Big won.
What reality show would you love to be on? Why?
I’d love to be on the Amazing Race with my Mom. We have a super funny relationship, we watch massive fans of anything Bachelor franchise , or reality dating shows. My wife is constantly making of fun of our comments and banter during our shows, I think our interaction on TV would be hilarious to watch, Plus my mom is a hoot.
Which of your characters would you most like to meet IRL? Why?
The main character Andy in my book is based off of my youngest son Beau. We call him Beau Dozer as he generally plows his way throughout life. My artist (Emily) used Beau as the model for all the paintings for our book. Andy feels so real to me, as so much of the book is Beau (who also negotiated his royalties at the age of 6)
You’ve just won a million dollars and you’re not allowed to save any of it. What do you spend it on?
Travel with my Fam Jam, both my sisters, and their partners, my parents, Jenn and the boys and my in-laws (who are super fun). I’d be flying us all to Italy, where we can eat great food, and drink fabulous wine as we travel around until the last cent is gone.
Who was your teenaged crush? Why?
Topanga from boy meets world, I have always been a sucker for brains and beauty.
Children can develop the ability to respond to their emotions in a healthy way through the practice of mindfulness. Andy Gets Angry is a great introduction for children to learn a fun and simple breath technique to respond to their emotions. The beautifully hand-painted illustrations provide the perfect landscape to tell the story of Andy and his journey in learning the wonderful skill of mindfulness. Share the book with your loved ones, and help us all plant the seed to be present!
Read an Excerpt
Andy has a brother, Bobby. Bobby can be pretty silly.
Andy also has a sister, Sierra, who sings all the time.
Andy loves watching funny videos, he enjoys playing some sports and he loves video games.
But sometimes, Andy gets angry!
About the Author:
Mike Masse is a mindfulness consultant and public speaker who specializes in mindfulness-based stress reduction. For over a decade, he has been teaching adults, youth, and children mindfulness skills to help reduce their levels of stress and anxiety. A highly sought-after trainer, Mike facilitates workshops with educators, first responders, health care providers, and others who work in high-stress environments. Mike lives in Stratford, Ontario with his two sons and his wife.
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