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Author Spotlight: Charlene Wexler

Name:

Charlene Wexler

Hometown: Richmond

Latest Book: “Elephants in the Room”

Publisher: Createspace.com

Release Date: 2016

Available: Amazon and Barnes and Noble

What’s your new book about?

Short stories and essays on life. Laughter and tears. Divided into five sections. Coming of Age. Family and Friends. Pets Passing. Parade. Senior Moments.

Where did the idea come from?

After receiving awards and great reviews on my short stories and essays, I decided to put them into a book. My stories have been compared to Erma Bombeck and Mary Schmidt

What genre is your book?

Fiction

Who is the intended audience?

[Ages] 5 to 100. My stories are for all ages and all people. The stories will pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone.

Why is this story important to you?

So many of the stories are about things that happened in my life, yet they are universal events that everyone can identify with, such as life without your cell phone; the collie that became my therapist; the hoarder in my family; Thanksgiving in the 21st century; feeding a stray cat; a night in an inner city hospital; senior shopping together; the temperature games we all play; a letter to my parents from a 70-year-old; and of course the story about the elephant in the room, the one we all have hidden.

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

I’ve written four other novels that took forever. This book is a gathering of essays and short stories I’ve written over the past seven years.

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

It was fun going over essays and stories I wrote through the years. The hard part was picking which stories and essays to use and the organization of those stories.

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

Self-published through Createspace. I tried a publisher with an earlier book and had some difficulties.

What is your education/background?

[I have a] teaching degree from The University of Illinois. I taught school for several years, then I worked in my husband’s dental office for years. In retirement, I started to write professionally.

How/why did you decide to write a book?

I always wrote for myself. In retirement, I started to write professionally. My message to anyone who has a dream is: It’s never too late to follow that dream!

Who are your favorite authors?

There are so many. Edith Wharton, J.D. Salinger, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Schmidt, Albert Camus, Shel Silverstein, Erma Bombeck, Stephen Hawkins, Anna Quinlin, Katherine Stockett, Libby Fischer Hellman and Jodi Picoult.

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

Have you written anything else?

Four books: “Murder Across The Ocean,” “Lori,” “Murder On Skid Row,” “Milk And Oranges” and many essays and short stories

What’s next for you?

More essays and short stories, and another novel

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