Show 002: Joseph Bentz – Fiction and Nonfiction Author

Show Overview

  • Fiction and nonfiction author Joseph Bentz shares his journey as a literature professor at Azusa Pacific University and the acclaimed author of Christian fiction and nonfiction books. Joseph appreciates the satisfaction of having another person.
  • You’ll hear the fascinating story of how his first novel evolved into a gigantic work. He’s now had four nonfiction books in a row, but a new fiction book, Dreams of Caladria will be released by the time you hear this, and another nonfiction book later in the year. You’ll hear the exciting story of Joseph’s interview by BBC Radio (England) about Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. You’ll learn about his writing voice and his unique writing system and process.


  • Fiction and nonfiction, articles, and a blog.

My Books

Writing Setbacks

  • Joseph’s first novel took 10 years to write and he wrote it without knowing how to write a novel. You’ll hear how after all that time he developed the discipline to complete the book, even after it reached gigantic proportations.

Writing Motivation

  • Joseph’s motivation is his compulsion to write. Equally motivating is the satisfaction when readers connect with him after reading one of his books. He considers one of his books, A Son Comes Home, as his most successful book . It’s used in a writing class at Azusa Pacific.

The Most Important Things I Learned About Writing

  • Whatever I am not writing at the moment seems easier to write than what I am currently working on. If I’m working on fiction, I think nonfiction is easier, but when I am writing nonfiction, I think fiction is easier.
  • I need to stay at the computer even when I struggle with the desire to do something else. I have to sit through the process and not leave the computer, but get to the manuscript, to the words, and stay until the momentum is going.

The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received

  • Sit there (at the computer) even when nothing is happening, don’t let yourself off the hook.
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My Best Advice for Struggling Writers

  • My advice for fiction writers is to write the book that you want to write, the book that is deep in you. Write this before worrying about an agent or publishers or pitching it.
  • For nonfiction writers, keep the reader in mind. Don’t just write about something rather than writing to someone.

The Author That Inspires Me

  • Since I teach literature, it’s Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Edith Wharton,  – anyone from the pre-World War II era of literature.

My Favorite Book on Writing

How To Find Me

About Joseph from his Amazon Author’s Page

Joseph Bentz’s books span a variety of genres, including a fantasy novel, three contemporary novels, three non-fiction books on Christian living, and one book/DVD package. Bentz is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, churches, and other venues. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American literature from Purdue University and a B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

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Joseph Bentz – Fiction and nonfiction author, and Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University


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