Joseph Langen



Born in Dunkirk, NY, he moved to Rochester, NY when his father returned from his navy duties in World War II. He considered being a priest, and spent nine years in the seminary and monastery. He was married for twenty nine years and raised three children. He is currently in a wonderful relationship and lives in Leroy, NY.

When he returned to the world at large after his monastery stay, he decided to explore psychology and switched from a philosophy major in the monastery to psychology and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He stayed in Buffalo to receive a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Then he moved to the University of Illinois for his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Along the way during his training, Gowanda Psychiatric Center and Chenute Air Force Base Counseling Center gave him practical experience.

Work Life

After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for two years at Temple University Counseling Center. Next he spent two years at De La Salle In Towne, an experimental day treatment center for delinquent boys. Then he came back to Western New York and worked at Genesee County Mental Health in Batavia. Being in a rural area with limited resources, he learned to work with a great variety of people of all ages. After eleven years, he decided to return to Rochester where he grew up and took a job at DePaul Mental Health where he learned about family therapy, ending up as supervisor of the children's treatment program. By 1990, he felt ready to be more on my own and became an independent contractor at a practice in the Buffalo area. Eventually he moved the rest of the way into private practice and returned to work in Batavia. He recently retired from psychology practice and now writes full time and enjoys an AmeriCorps placement at GO ART! in Batavia, NY.


He began writing short stories in the 1980's for his own amusement and even published one. In 1990, when he began private practice, he started writing a quarterly newsletter for his referral sources. Eventually he converted this to a biweekly newspaper column which he still writes for The Daily News in Batavia. These columns formed the basis for his first book, Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life.

In light of his seminary and monastery background, he took an interest in the priest-sexual abuse crisis and thought back to his cloistered years. Pondering these years led to his memoir, Young Man of the Cloth. When he realized that no one had told the priest abuse story from the priest's point of view, he decided to write what he had learned from his research and personal experience about abusive priests as a novel, The Pastor's Inferno.

Recently he published Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage, a book of reflections about life's joys and predicaments and what to do about them. He has also published Conversations with My Muse: A Year With Calliope.

He also continues to write a regular newspaper column for The Daily News in Batavia, NY which appears in his free newsletter to which he invites you to subscribe and his blog, Conversations with My Muse, an ongoing dialogue with her about the writing life.

He is currently working on a book about the many aspects of marriage.

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Where to find Joseph Langen online

Where to buy in print


Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,580. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Reflections on the daily events and experiences in our lives.
Conversations with My Muse: A Year with Calliope
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,840. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
A year long ongoing dialog with my muse about the writing life.
The Pastor's Inferno
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,850. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
A fictional account of a priest accused of sexual abuse, how he comes to terms with it and seeks redemption.
Young Man of the Cloth
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,700. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Many people have asked me about the costume I wore in the seminary (cassock) and in the monastery (habit). I often thought that was an odd question. Father Brendan, the Director of Students at Holy Cross Seminary once told us that the cassocks we wore and habits we would eventually wear were the most important part of us. What we stood for was more important than who we were. This became a central

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Smashwords book reviews by Joseph Langen

  • Smashwords Style Guide on July 28, 2012

    I have uploaded Ebooks to Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Both seemed fairly easy to do. Yet it took me many attempts of trial and error to get everything right. The Smashwords Style Manual seemed a little daunting in its length. However everything went very smoothly and after persistence, I uploaded my manuscript without a hitch. I did find an inconsistency in the minimum width of the cover and the ideal width (1400 px and 600 px.)I also worried that the ISBN was not addressed in the upload info. Yet it appeared readily after I had uploaded my manuscript. Bother were relatively minor concerns. Overall I was very happy with the detailed and clear directions.
  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Aug. 22, 2012

    Writing an Ebook,formatting and publishing it is a major effort, Then comes the hard part-marketing, I have felt lost with this step and quite a bit of my steam escaped, I just finished Smashwords Marketing Guide and now am more excited about the whole writing and publishing venture than I have been in years, Thanks for a great book Mark. Joe Langen,
  • Pinterest for Business. The Complete Marketing Guide on Sep. 01, 2012

    I found this brief guide helpful in understanding the basics of how Pinterest works and how it can be used for business purposes. The author seems to think more in pictures than in words. The grammar could use some attention. This book also contains many links to useful Pinterest related services,. Unfortunarely many of the links are not live. Still I find it a useful resource. Joe Langen,