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.
She also has had essays and fiction published on the websites AuthorsDen.com, End Yor Sleep Deprivation.com, Funny Cat Stories (http://www.guy-sports.com/virtual/cats.htm), Laughter Is My Medicine (http://char-laughterismymedicine.blogspot.com/), One Bright Star.org Scribd.com, True Cat Stories (http://www.guy-sports.com/humor/stories/story_cat.htm), and Way Cool Dogs.com.
“I have always used writing as therapy,” Wexler said. “Now I have the time and opportunity to pursue it as a career.”
Wexler’s first novel, Murder on Skid Row, was published in 2010 and was dedicated “to the three dentists in my life,” she said—her husband, Sam; son Mike; and Sam’s business partner, Lew. It is the story of a double-murder on Chicago’s Skid Row in the 1960s. Murder on Skid Row won an international Apex Award of Excellence from Communications Concepts, a writing think tank outside Washington, DC.
In 2011, a collection of her short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition, was published in an e-book, Milk and Oranges. In 2012, the Milk and Oranges print edition was published. The book won an award in the 2011 eLit Book Awards competition sponsored by the publishing services firm Jenkins Group Inc. of Traverse City, MI, and also won a rare Grand Award from Communications Concepts in 2012.
Her short story Abracadabra Magic received a “Very Highly Commended” rating in the AuthorsDen.com Tom Howard Prose Contest, 2009.
Wexler 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.
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.”
See Milk and Oranges video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIthZH6Et3I. See Murder on Skid Row video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK4pmby4bO0.
Books: Murder on Skid Row; Milk and Oranges
Short stories and essays in various publications and websites in the US and Great Britain.