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A longtime Whitestone resident put her life to paper, and is now a published author.

Kelly Anne Sulkow, a 41-year-old insurance agent, said her 58-page memoir “Lost in a Dream,” published with Dorrance Publishing, took her about a year to write. Organized in chronological order, the book consists of personal journal entries written during a set of major encounters and experiences from her childhood through adult life.

“It talks about love, abuse and apparently how I just meet the wrong men,” Sulkow said.

Sulkow moved to Whitestone from Elmont at age 17, the new author explained. Since childhood, Sulkow has had precognition dreams, or dreams of events before they would happen or of people before she met them. The book, as the title hints, centers around many of these experiences.

“I never planned to be an author,” Sulkow continued. “But when I started writing about [my experiences], I showed couple of my friends and they said, ‘Hey, this is pretty good,’ … and I went for it.”

The book follows many of the unique connections, friendships and memories Sulkow made in the borough and is set in familiar locations, including the bar scene of Bell Boulevard, the Whitestone Shopping Center and LaGuardia Airport.

“Queens is definitely one of the biggest melting pots I know of,” Sulkow said. “Every nationality you can think of, we encounter.”

Sulkow said she hopes that if readers take away one lesson from her memoir, it’s to never give up.

“The purpose is, you just have to keep going,” Sulkow said. “You’re gonna go through heartache, but you have to let things go and find a way to move on.”

Sulkow’s book can be purchased here.


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