Mark H. Massé


Max Galway, the protagonist of my 2013 novel, Whatever Comes, is his own worst enemy en route to enlightenment.

Whatever Comes
You don’t know Max Galway because an unholy trinity of family, work and romantic woes hijacked my literary success. What creativity I mustered in my younger days was spent wooing women like Debi O’Connor, my college sweetheart and heartbreak. The raven-haired, blue-eyed lass took me from boyhood to manhood in several glorious leaps before casting me onto the rocks of despair. For years I grabbed for lovers like a drowning man, leaving little passion for the blank page. But back in those sultry waning weeks of the summer of ’72, I was blissfully unaware of what lay ahead on my author’s odyssey.

Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way
Compelling stories of U.S. and international journalists who cover war, terrorism, disasters, crime and other tragedies, examining the emotional impact of their trauma reporting on victims, sources and themselves. Nonfiction narratives document an emerging era of activism as reporters, researchers, and trauma experts collaborate to transform the news media through education, intervention, and advocacy.

Inspired to Serve: Today’s Faith Activists
A collective biography of clergy, lay workers and “ordinary” people who strive as social activists to aid the poor and disenfranchised across the U.S. These individuals share an unbending belief in the power, potential and rewards of service to others as they try to balance their secular and spiritual lives.

Delamore’s Dreams
“Massé’s novel reveals the ultimately triumphant world of the Delamores, a family buffeted by domestic crises and changed by the changing times. In this heartfelt debut novel, rich in both sense of place and time, a boy learns to be a man, and a man learns to be a father.”
(Lauren Kessler, author and director, literary nonfiction program, University of Oregon)

“Sentimental Fool” (Short Story-Excerpt from novel Whatever Comes )
As an author of social realist fiction, I strive to depict the challenges facing ordinary individuals as they live their lives, balancing aspirations and setbacks. The protagonist of this tale, Max Galway, struggles to find answers and a measure of redemption when his dreams are dashed by heartbreak.


A dark comedy about an aspiring Irish-American writer in 1970s Cleveland and his sentimental fool's journey to find love and success.
A 1960s family saga set in a gritty metro N.Y. town.
“Delamore’s Dreams stands alone.”
(The Westchester County [N.Y.] Times)
A story about an ill-fated affair between a hopeless romantic and his old girlfriend.
“Now Mark Massé has written a fascinating and fact-filled account of how 'trauma journalism' finally is being recognized and treated from the classroom to professional newsrooms.” (Steve Bell, former ABC News correspondent/anchor)
Chronicles the lives of American social reformers from several faith traditions.
“Powerful, real-life stories … .” (Ronald J. Sider, Evangelicals for Social Action)