Garen S. Wolff – The Girlz of Galstanberry

We are very pleased to present to you Garen S. Wolff, an author of the middle grades series, “The Girlz of Galstanberry”!  Check out the interview about her books that provide a powerful punch of positive messages for girls.
Afro Puffs and Ponytails – Tell us a little about yourself
Garen S. Wolff – I am a scientist, author and soon to be medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine! I attended Detroit Country Day, a prestigious private school from Kindergarten through high school. After graduation, I matriculated into Wellesley College, a private women’s college in Massachusetts. There, I received my B.A in Neuroscience, and then received a Masters of Science from Wayne State School of Medicine.
So, “Where does Galstanberry come in?”
Last year, I was a research fellow at the National Institute of Health in Washington D.C. After long days at the laboratory, I retreated to my apartment to just write. I reflected on my educational background and diverse friends and soon enough, The Girlz of Galstanberry was born. Every girl has a story to tell due to their geographic location, ethnicity, socio-economic status, family structure, etc. Therefore, I created The Girlz of Galstanberry to reflect these stories.
Afro Puffs and Ponytails –What is The Girlz of Galstanberry?
Garen S. Wolff  – The Girlz of Galstanberry is a tween series that celebrates the diversity of girls around the United States. It specifically focuses on 5 girls—Brandi, Lillian, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha—from different US cities, socio-economic backgrounds and ethnic backgrounds that become accepted into Galstanberry Girls Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. Their varied personalities lead to inevitable drama and internal conflicts. However, with each triumph and tribulation, the girls grow throughout the series, learning more about themselves and classmates.
Afro Puffs and Ponytails –Please share with us the inspiration behind The Girlz of Galstanberry?
Garen S. Wolff – The diversity of girls around the world–tall, short, blonde, dreads, spunky, shy, sassy, poise!  Every girl deserves to see themselves in literature. Unfortunately, the majority of popular literature neglects the diversity of its readership. Therefore, African-American, Latina, East Asian (Chinese, Korean, etc.) and South Asian (Pakistan, Indian) girls are also overlooked. The Girlz of Galstanberry allows girls to see themselves, not only ethnically but in the personalities of the 5 diverse characters.
Afro Puffs and Ponytails – What makes The Girlz of Galstanberry a great series of books for girls to read? What sets your books apart from the many books available for girls?
Garen S. Wolff –The best word to describe the Galstanberry series is ‘refreshing’. While popular literature for tween girls is dominated by materialism, salacious content and/or vampires. Galstanberry allows girls to be girls!
Galstanberry is refreshing for 3 reasons:
1) Diversity—Racially, Geographically, & Socio-Economic Background
2) Wholesome- No graphic language or content.
3) Inspires girls to be themselves
Afro Puffs and Ponytails- What advice do you have for young African American/Black Girls?
Garen S. Wolff – Don’t permit the noise of naysers (haters) to drown out your voice, your dreams, and most importantly your passion for life. The world is your oyster and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Afro Puffs and Ponytails – Thank you so much Ms. Wolff for sharing a part of you with the readers of Afro Puffs and Ponytails!
Please visit her her website and social media pages at:
Website: http://www.galstanberrygirlz.com/
Facebook: Girlz of Galstonberry Facebook
Twitter: GalstonberryFan
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1 Comment

  1. Cheryl Pope, 9 years ago

    Garen, I love the brand that you have created for your book. Keep up the good work!


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