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Author spotlight: Charlene Wexler

Latest Book: “Lori”

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: July 2014

Where can we find it?

Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, some local libraries

What’s it about?

“Lori” is a family saga spanning 30 years. It is about a young girl brought up in the north suburbs of Chicago. She believed in the Cinderella story fed to her generation. It is about how she deals with a Prince Charming who is an alcoholic, a fatally ill child, a domineering mother-in-law, a cold mother who has a deep secret and the social changes of the last part of the 20th century. It is about friendships, triumphs and tragedies.

Where did the idea come from?

I love to write stories. I lost a 12-year-old son to cancer. I found I could only write about it when I turned it into fiction. The rest of the story just evolved from experiences and fiction.

What genre is your book, and why were you drawn to it?

Fiction, family saga, romance, women’s literature and even historical fiction.

Who is the intended audience?

Everyone. Especially women from ages 20 to 90.

Why is this story important to you?

Out of the four novels and several short stories I’ve written, this is the closest to my heart, because of the seriously ill child and how Lori deals. The alcoholic husband was not my husband, nor was the Holocaust story part of my bio.

How long did it take you to write? What was your process?

I always wrote essays and short stories that appeared in magazines. I only started writing novels when I retired about five years ago. I just started writing, staying up many nights to do so.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? What was the hardest part?

Realizing that I could write a novel. The hardest parts were rewriting and rewriting, researching information that needed to be accurate, working with an editor and marketing.

How are you publishing this book and why (traditional/indie/self-publishing)?

My first books were published by a small publishing house that went bankrupt so I decided to just self-publish through Amazon. 

What is your education/background?

I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964. I taught elementary school, raised children and then worked in my husband’s dental office.

How/why did you decide to write a book?

Writing a novel was always my dream. I wrote my first book at at 67. I would like to leave my readers with this phrase: It’s never too late to follow your dream.

Who are your favorite authors?

Eli Wiesel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Schmich, Hemmingway, Allende – too many from the past to list.

Pick one: Danielle Steel or John Grisham?

John Grisham

Pick one: Stephen King or Nicholas Sparks?

Nicholas Sparks

Pick one: Ebooks or hard/paperbacks?

Hard/paperbacks. I am trying to read Ebooks because they are the future.

Have you written anything else?

“Murder On Skid Row,” “Murder Across the Ocean,” “Milk and Oranges” and many essays and short stories.

What’s next for you?

I am putting together a book called “Elephants in the Room.” It is a collection of short stories and essays. Some are funny like the stories about retirement and life with our pets. Some will bring a tear to your eyes. I also will be doing some book signings and programs. Marketing is not one of my favorite things to do, but required now.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Website: Charlenewexler.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Lori-Ebooks/dpBOOLKU9UOU

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