J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine based in San Diego, California.


Big Questions, Big Responsibility, and Pam's Mortal Enemies

Big Questions, Big Responsibility, and Pam's Mortal Enemies


I haven't said much about the book I'm working on, it's the prequel to Selected and it covers the Dove Revolution from beginning to end. The concept is exciting the implementation is scary. When you get right down to it, something serious has to happen for a political revolution to take place. Whatever the events are that trigger a political revolution, they will be inherently  controversial.

Yes, it's fiction, but as the person writing it, I have to be comfortable with the decisions I make while telling the story. Easier said than done. There are some big questions that have to get answered and a lot of responsibility comes with the answers.

  1. What events led to a political revolution? That question seems a bit outlandish in the context of the relative political stability of the last hundred years in America. But things change. How?
  2. Who is the person that starts the revolution? Why?
  3. Who is the person/group fighting to keep the current system? Why?

There are plenty more questions to answer but those are the big three on my mind right now. I have the answers and I'm getting more confident in those answers with each chapter. 

That was a long winded way of saying, this next book is tough and it has some opinions. But at the end of the day it's a bunch of made up stories, so maybe much ado about nothing.


I started reading The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne and once again realized that I have no business writing in the crime genre, my mind just doesn't work that way. The book is about a computational biologist who is investigating the murder of a former student. Sounds cheesy, but it's really really good. The first couple of chapters do a great job of grabbing you into the story. I'm about half way through the book and can't wait to find out who ends up being the killer. (Side Note: I really really wanted to end that sentence with "who the killer is." I can hear the beautiful bride whispering in my ear, "dear, please stop ending your sentences with prepositions.")


There have been more birds hanging around the Catranch this week than normal and Pam has a new mortal enemy, the doves. There are a few doves that hang around the back door and Pam does not appreciate it when they trespass on her territory. She rushes the door every time she sees them. An old wine cork has also drawn her attention the past few days. Richard just sits back and watches the show.

Still on the To Do List:

  1. Figure out a theme for these posts.



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