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Native Chicagoan Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as “a wife, mom, and grandmother,” she said. In recent years, Wexler’s lifelong passion for writing has led her to create numerous essays as well as fiction.
Her work has appeared in several publications, including North Shore Magazine, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Vision magazine, Alpha Omegan magazine, and the Gazette newspaper of Chicago.
On the Web, Char’s work appears on:
Funny Cat Stories
One Bright Star
Laughter Is My Medicine
True Cat Stories
End Your Sleep Deprivation.
Her first novel, Murder on Skid Row, received an Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts in 2010. Charlene’s short story "Abracadabra Magic" received a "Very Highly Commended" rating in the AuthorsDen.com Tom Howard Prose Contest, 2009.
Published on Smashwords, Milk and Oranges, Wexler's latest book, is a collection of short fiction and essays that examines life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Wexler writes from the heart. With a keen eye for detail and a way of looking at the world a bit sideways, Wexler’s writings in Milk and Oranges entertain while they make you think.
“I have always used writing as therapy,” Wexler said. “Now I have the time and opportunity to pursue it as a career.”
Charlene is active with the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, the Authors Marketing Group, the Chicago Writers Association, Children’s Memorial Hospital philanthropy, Lungevity (an organization that fights lung cancer), the McHenry Bicycle Club, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Richmond IL Book Club, the Jewish United Fund, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
She and her husband, dentist Dr. Sam Wexler, live in Richmond, IL. Her son, dentist Dr. Mike Wexler, daughter-in-law, and three granddaughters, live in Arizona.
Her advice for other aspiring writers—even grandmothers like herself—is to “follow your dream. You can do it, and it’s never too late.” Charlene is available for writing assignments. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call William S. Bike at ANB Communications at (773) 229-0024.
on Feb. 23, 2012 :
It may be a culture and gender difference, even for a work styled as 'women's fiction, but I found these stories gossipy and ingenuous. I don't believe most women, or women outside a certain limited bourgeoisie would find it especially entertaining. Adventure travel to different cultures and places, and close engagement with a much broader range of personalities would help fill out this writer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)