Martin Chesler


Born and raised in South Africa, Chesler moved to Israel after graduating high school, and shortly thereafter launched a large cotton growing venture. After immigrating to California in 1981, he started many successful business ventures, primarily in agriculture; married, and raised 3 boys. After the tragic death of his son, Ofir, a grief-stricken Chesler embarked upon a journey to find his son that was really a journey to find himself. This ten-year period was not only a recovery from grief but an exploration of all things metaphysical, leading to the writing of Fierce Illumination, his first book, which has already received critical acclaim. Chesler is now writing a second book, a novel titled The Alchemy of Remembering that alternates between two different time periods and places (New Mexico in the 1800’s and present-day California) while exploring themes of Native wisdom and spirituality. An avid outdoorsman, Chesler now lives in northern New Mexico, where he devotes much of his free time to biking, hiking, or fly fishing.