Crystal Wolfe

Crystal Wolfe is the author of “Our Invisible Neighbors,” a nonfiction novel with personal accounts, causes, and solutions to homelessness, and a book of poetry and prose, “The Resurrected Dream.” “Our Invisible Neighbors” includes an inspiring chapter on 77 celebrities who were once homeless to show how becoming homeless can happen to anyone. The book includes interviews with local politicians and gives solutions to homelessness, as well as the leading causes for what Wolfe calls “the cause of the heart.”

“The Resurrected Dream” is for all the dreamers, and for the American Dream in need of resurrection—which has been lost when so many people in New York City are just struggling to survive. Wolfe’s next book, “Where the Shadows Meet the Light,” is an epic fantasy with sci-fi elements, and is scheduled to be released November 11.

Wolfe will be at Astoria Bookshop on June 27, from 7-8 pm, presenting “Our Invisible Neighbors” and “The Resurrected Dream,” where her books will be available. In addition to bookstores, her books can also be found in Amazon, Kindle, e-books, and in libraries

Crystal Wolfe is the also the founder of the nonprofit organization, Catering for the Homeless. Catering for the Homeless is working to connect the quality food going to waste from catering companies, schools, and restaurants with other nonprofits and churches that pick up the food and distribute it to the homeless and food insecure. Billions of pounds of food go to waste in this country every year while 1 in 7 Americans experience hunger on a regular basis. This program is also preventative because it helps keep the individuals and families who have to choose between paying their rent and eating from becoming homeless.

In a little over a year, Catering for the Homeless has provided over 30 bags of clothes, 6,000 toiletry items, and approximately 12,000 meals to the homeless and poor in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. For more information, to volunteer, or to donate, please go to: www.cateringforthehomeless.com. You can find upcoming author talks, book releases, and follow Wolfe’s work helping the homeless by liking the Catering for the Homeless Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CFTH.NYC/?ref=br_ rs.

QG: What are some of your favorite places in Queens?

CW: Favorite places in Queens: I love walking the pier and the view of Manhattan at the Long Island City Landing. I love being on the water and the beautiful trees and gardens there. I love walking down Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, with all the little stores and unique restaurants and cafes, and the beautiful brick homes and trees. Skillman Avenue is my favorite street in Queens. I really enjoy the variety of dining in Queens, especially in Sunnyside/Woodside.

QG: Why did you choose to live here?

CW: I love how every neighborhood in Queens has its own unique flair—and I love the people in Queens, because they are the same way! I love how half the people here came from somewhere else, and learning about their cultures is fascinating. I love living in Maspeth because the people at CB5 have been so incredibly kind, caring, and supportive. I came to New York City for my goals and dreams. One of those dreams was to become a published author, and now my dreams are coming true!

QG: Who are some of your favorite authors?

CW: I love reading, and have many authors I’m into, but my favorite authors are Charlotte Bronte, C.S. Lewis, and Oscar Wilde. I particularly love the old British authors who had a command of language that is unparalleled by any other culture, in my opinion. For the British authors, writing was a craft, an art. Reading these authors helped me to become a better writer. These three authors have a magical, whimsical quality to their writing that takes me to another time and place. When I read, I like to lose myself in the characters and writing. I love losing myself in the worlds these authors have created in the books that give them their immortality.

QG: What do you think of independent small book stores replacing giants like Barnes & Noble?

CW: I think they’re the lifeblood of the community. Books change and shape the world, and local bookstores make up the character of a neighborhood. I’m so grateful, excited and honored to be doing an author talk at the Astoria Bookshop.

QG: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

CW: Don’t ever, ever, EVER give up. Persistence pays off. But you have to do the work. Writing is hard work. If you want to write a book, you have to write, edit, and read other authors. The more you write the better. The more you learn about the craft by taking classes the better. I’ve written eight books in the past few years—and they’re just now starting to get published. I can’t imagine if I had given up and they never would have been published. I’m so glad I kept going. Whatever your dream, never give up on it because we are meant to live our dreams. Stay true to yourself and your ideals. Don’t listen to the negativity. There will always be haters. Tune it out and focus on the writing itself. Believe in yourself, endure the struggles, continue to learn, be open to advice, and eventually you will be holding your book in your hand.

This column was originated in July, 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian.

  
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