About Ed Masessa

Born in nineteen something, Ed is the second oldest of 10 children. He was raised in the small town of Middlesex, NJ where he lived until moving to the sweltering swamp known as Florida with his wife and three daughters in 1989.

He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rutgers University - neither of which pertains to his current job.

Ed has been a child all his life, subscribing to the Chili Davis philosophy 'growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.' Formerly employed as a grease monkey, office cleaner, fast food manager, forklift operator, warehouse supervisor, sales rep, and automotive purchasing manager, he has spent the past 19 years at Scholastic Book Fairs where he has devoted his life to finding books that will turn every child into a life-long reader.

Almost twenty years ago, Ed turned to the wonderful memories of his childhood and began to write. Many of those early stories will never see the light of day. Writing is a craft that takes time, patience, and many revisions. But by continuing to practice and by reading many, many, MANY books by much better authors, Ed was eventually published.

His second book, The Wandmaker's Guidebook, had a nine-week run on the NY Times Bestseller list, two weeks at #1. He has several works of non-fiction, and his first picture book, Scarecrow Magic, is now on sale. Two companion novels to The Wandmaker's Guidebook are scheduled to be published in summer 2016 and summer 2017.

He is well respected in the field of Children's Literature by librarians, reading specialists, teachers, parents, and children's book writers. He attends and participates in library, reading, and writing conferences throughout the year. And he is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

 

Praise for Wandmaker:

"Masessa delivers a fast-paced, entertaining tale filled with humor and magical action, playfully referencing (and toying with) tropes popularized by Harry Potter (Voldemort never suffered half of the indignities that are perpetrated on Dai She, and Dumbledore never flew coach across the Atlantic). This is a clever, twisty story with plenty of potential for future installments." -- Publishers Weekly"

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Portland Book Review, review, June 26, 2015

"Lushly illustrated in a gorgeous painted style, Scarecrow Magic is a beautiful book to read around Halloween."

Shelf Awareness, review, June 30, 2015

"A Halloween-themed treat to savor year-round, starring a straw man with a secret life."