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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charlene Wexler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Wexler grew up on Chicago's South side and graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She still resides in Chicago today. Most of her books are set in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

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; the book and CD ''Famous Poets of the Heartland: A Treasury of Beloved Family Poems, Talent'' and the ''Gazette'' newspaper of Chicago.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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Murder on Skid Row
ISBN: 1449073565

AuthorHouse. 2010

August,1966 newly dental school graduate, Mel Greenberg, opened his first office on Chicago's Skid Row. He was young, naive, poor, and optimistic. "Spare any change, and I don't know nothing," was the language of the many characters he met and treated. Everyone on the street had a secret and a reason for being there. Abe, the pharmacist, acted like a friend to Mel, and the inhabitants of Skid Row, but he had other reasons for staying on a street full of bums, drug addicts, gang members, and prostitutes. Mel really thought he could help his patients, until the murders took over the area. Murders that directly involved him, making him a suspect, and a victim.

Milk and Oranges
ISBN: 0971045925

Central Park Communications. 2012

Milk and Oranges, a collection of short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition, has been published written by award-winning author Charlene Wexler. Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Charlene 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 will entertain while they make you think. In Milk and Oranges, Wexler's fiction and essays are grouped in five categories. How's Your Love Life? features two fiction pieces that will cause female readers to nod their heads in agreement, and a warm essay on Wexler's feelings for her husband, Sam. The Cruel Club features both essays and fiction on the tragedy of the death of a child. Wexler has been a member of the Cruel Club since 1981. In Family and Friends, you'll meet some of the fun characters in Wexler's life and in her fiction, and inevitably you'll think about similar loved ones in your own world. The story "Milk and Oranges," from which the title of this book is derived, appears in this section. What would life be without our animal pals? Wexler shares some stories about four-footed friends and loved ones in Animal Magnetism. The Passing Parade features Wexler's fiction and prose observations on the changes in our fast-paced world. After reading Milk and Oranges, you'll feel that Wexler's style makes you feel as if you are reading about or talking to dear friends. Milk and Oranges is a collection of stories that will pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone.

ISBN: 1500431052

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

The sheltered, comfortable, liberal upbringing undergone by main character Lori in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago did not prepare her for marriage into the difficult and quirky Chicago working-class family of her husband, Jerry. Alcoholism, infidelity, economic disaster, and a mother’s biggest heartbreak of all-a seriously ill child-imperil Lori’s world in the novel LORI. Fortunately, her best friend, Adele, is there to provide support and advice until Adele faces her own tragedy. When separated from Adele by thousands of miles, Lori finds a new friend, Rain-an ex-flower-child with a surprising connection to Lori’s past. LORI is a story with tragedies and triumphs to which every reader will be able to relate.

Murder Across The Ocean
ISBN: 1500439428

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

American widow Lori Brill thought she'd have an uneventful vacation in London visiting her Granddaughter, Cate. At the airport she ran into Josh, her high-school boyfriend. This resulted in an unexpected night of passion in a London hotel. Lori was all smiles as she stepped out of the shower the next morning, until she saw Josh's bloody corpse lying in the bed. Who killed Josh? Find out in Murder Across The Ocean.


Murder on Skid Row

  • International Apex Award of Excellence, Communications Concepts
  • Milk and Oranges

  • International Grand Award, Communications Concepts Apex Awards, 2012
  • Bronze Award, Women's Issues category, eLit
  • Murder Across The Ocean

  • Apex Award

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Wexler will speak to book clubs and charity groups in Illinois and Wisconsin. She can be contacted via