Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My name is Wayne Bartelt, a freelance writer with Master Degrees in History and Divinity and twenty one years in the preaching ministry. My writing credits include a weekly newspaper column, magazine articles, and three self- published books, Voices from Jesus’ Passion, and Talk to Me, God . . . I’m Confused, and What You Don’t Know About Joy. I am the author of It’s Okay To Laugh With Jesus, Laughing with Old Testament Heroes and Discovering the Path of Joy.
I publish a Christian Inspiration website/blog, An Abundance of Joy (http://anabundanceofjoy.com), every Monday morning, rain, shine, or foggy. Since retirement, I made the study of Jesus Christ’s life and humor the cornerstone of my writing activities.
I want my readers to have fun, get inspired, and laugh with me. Christianity is the only religion in this world where you can laugh and cry in the middle of the same sentence, and be serious about both. I think Jesus had a smile on his face most of the time, and he’s in charge here.
Tell us about your books.
My books are not primarily about how to get to heaven, although Jesus Christ is the leading character. These are books for those who already have such faith and yearn for the joy, peace and the hope that revitalizes the Christian life. They are meant to kindle the excitement of extending faith in Jesus to mountain-moving proportions. They demonstrate how the grace, mercy and glory of God can seize a believing heart to influence the daily activities of a child of God. My goal is to excite sinners and saints about the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their daily living. Here they can spot a nugget of help to fight the battles of life, make a cloudy day sunny, tickle the funny bone, stumble on a new idea, or scratch a truth that pierces the heart. My books look for readers who want to make a conscious effort to jump start their lives to reflect their faith in Christ. You know who you are.
How did you go about getting published?
Until now, I haven’t worked hard at publishing. Like most writers, I love to write. I am trying to take my own advice and stop leaving books in my computer. I am using Amazon for spreading the word..
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
In retirement, I am fortunate in that I have a small office in which to work. I try to find out what people are thinking about, worried about, and don’t understand about Christianity and figure out the best approaches to clean out the cobwebs. I get up at 5 am daily and write in the mornings. I reserve the rest of the day, whenever possible, for family affairs, computer maintenance and other activities. It’s given me seven books so far.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
There is hardly a time when I’m not writing. Other wise, it’s reading for pleasure.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Get the best covers you can afford. Don’t be afraid to be selective.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Start marketing your book while you are writing it. Plan for the marketing while you are writing.
What’s your favorite book?
The Bible, The Mind of Jesus by William Barclay, The Quotable Lewis
What are you reading now?
Reading for pleasure, some fiction.
What’s your next book project?
At the closing of my career, I need to put all the books I have written under the Amazon umbrella and bring them together into a series. If I have time, I hope to condense my 260 bogs to date into a readable and enjoyable book. Some where in me there’s a book on how the personality of Jesus is reflected in his humor.
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