I slammed the door behind me and squinted—examining every inch of my tiny apartment. The minimal furnishings: a couple of straight-backed wooden chairs a single mattress butted up against the far paint-peeled wall, a rickety metal table where I ate rations standing up.
In the Author’s Words
I retired from Grand View University after thirty-three years as a nurse educator. It was during my tenure there that I developed a penchant for policy and how it impacts people throughout the world.
Historical research is very important to understand the underpinnings of how policy is formulated and enacted. I completed extensive research for my novels Billy Love’s Wolfpack and Billy Love’s Forsaken Children.
The mix of immigration and discrimination is at the heart of my novels. American anti-immigration policies have existed since this country was founded—in my novels, the focus is on the plight of the Jews, before the World War Two, during the war and in the aftermath of the war. Following the war, thousands and thousands of German children from all walks of life were discriminated against and abandoned, left to succumb to the harsh forces of nature and the apathy of a weary nation. The children’s struggle for survival is highlighted in Forsaken Children
From my immersion in the health care field, I have come to understand the importance of physical and mental health in healing the body and the mind. My stories reflect the many assaults on people impacted by war—in particular, children as they experienced horrific circumstances resulting in behavioral challenges and worse…Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.), an unknown label in the 1940s.
I explore communicable disease, which was common where living conditions were crowded and people lived in filthy squalor. My novels are dedicated to bringing a myriad of issues to light, yet they also focus on the importance of relationships in bringing reform and light to a downtrodden world.
My definition of politics is the art of persuasion. I hope my passion and search for a complicated truth will keep the reader engaged and thoughtful.
I live in Des Moines, Iowa with my husband and two adult children. I am currently working on my fourth novel, Ursula’s Underground World.
Ginelle, Indianola, Iowa
My mom just came from Canada for a visit and she loves reading—so I lent her your novels and she started Wolfpack—said she was enjoying it so much she read until 2:30 in the morning! …
Lanier Little, Naples Florida
I thoroughly enjoyed Billy Love’s Wolfpack, even though most of the fashion commentary was lost. Thought it was a very creative story, populated by interesting and colorful characters….
Nurse Phillips…Dawn, Des Moines
Book 3 Billy Love’s Secret Crusaders was my favorite…
Jean Phillips, Des Moines
I finished Billy Love’s Wolfpack and just loved it! I appreciated how you took the time at the start to fully
develop the characters and lay the foundation for what was to come. Once the pace of the story picked
up, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next…
Bri Rehn, Germany
Billy Love’s Wolfpack was great!…
Cindi, Des Moines, Iowa
I enjoyed your first two novels, Billy Love’s Wolfpack and Billy Love’s Forsaken Children. After reading your books we visited the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois. Your history was right on! It brought a deeper meaning to the display….
Susan Weyers, Des Moines
Amazing books! I’m almost done with Secret Crusaders (book 3)! Will there be a #4? They are engrossing and hard to put down.
Julie, Des Moines, Iowa
I have finished the first two novels and have started the third and can hardly put it down! Love the characters and the locations!…
Laura Coyle, Des Moines Iowa
I’m loving your first book. I’m a sucker for a period piece. And I love the descriptions of the clothes!…
Cathy, Wellman Iowa
It’s great to be able to tell others I’m reading books written by my high school classmate. Be Proud, Jean!…Cathy,
Jean, Council Bluffs, Iowa
I had been waiting to read Dr. Wolf’s last book of the trilogy. I could not put it down. It was just so amazing. Her ending was so perfect and one could see she is an extraordinary author. I was so honored to have been the recipient of her books. They really captured my heart and the Wolfpack gang stands on its own. I am so glad Dr. Wolf is going to write Ursula’s story now.…
Sue, Urbandale Iowa
I just finished Billy Love’s Secret Crusaders and it is SO good. It is probably my favorite of the three novels.
Sheila Hughes, San Jose, California
I just finished your third book Billy Love’s Secret Crusaders! I loved all three! They had everything I wanted in a great read…historical background, good character development, and an intriguing storyline to keep me turning the pages. Can’t wait for your next one. I think your series would make a terrific movie, or even better a series for TV. Here’s to your continued success as an author…
Terrie Scott - Mason, Ohio
Susan Pogge - Des Moines, Iowa
Patricia Filer - Seattle, Washington
By creating an unlikely, yet believable connection between a bull-riding viola player from Oklahoma named Billy Love Wolf and Hitler’s gullible young mistress, Eva Braun, Jean has shown that-in her first work of historical fiction-she has mastered the art of storytelling. Just enough history and just enough lore. Billy Love Wolf just might be this generation’s Nancy Drew-and the Wolfpack her circle of curious, adventurous, and enterprising relatives and pals. Something tells me this Wolfpack has not yet begun to howl.
JoAnn Torpey - Washington, Iowa
Mary M. - Newton, Iowa
Andrew B - Seattle, Washington
Anne H. - Tampa, Florida
From Germany the story takes its twists and turns and was impossible to put down. I did not see the ending coming and was saying a big YES at the end.
Carl C. - Maryland
I do know a good novel when I read it. And you have developed specific skills that are needed to write a good novel.
Colleen Hensel - Davenport, Iowa
Sue Zeller - St. Louis, Missouri
Sanna Kueffer-Henzi - Atlanta, Georgia
This wonderful story set in the 1920s and 1930s does a beautiful job of describing the period and the Wolf family of the era. There is a strong family bond that we can all relate to and strive to have. Looking forward to the sequel.
Mary Yungeberg - South Dakota
I loved the story! The ending was incedible and tied everything together in an unexpected and delightful way. The title drew me in and made me curious to read the story. The plot seemed entirely plausible to me, regardless of altering Eva’s pathway. The dramatic arc of the story worked very well. I wanted to know what was going to happen to everyone involved in the story. The information about various events kept my interest and flowed along with the story. I’m thinking of your descriptions of the cabaret clubs, bull-riding and playing the viola. And your secondary characters were excellent: A.R., Eva and Marlene Dietrich.
Terrie S. - Ohio
FORSAKEN CHILDREN is even better than the first book, gripping and heartbreaking.
Mary S. - Cincinnati, Ohio
I love this series. Forsaken Children was a wonderful sequel. It was just terrible to think what these children went through. Jean handled the subject eloquently. Highly recommend.
Julie Klein - Des Moines, Iowa
Lynn Dougall - Washington, Iowa
Jann Freed - Des Moines, Iowa
Kathy Dean - Washington, Iowa
Kaylene Ruby - Des Moines, Iowa
Kaylene Ruby Retired Grand View University Professor
Cindy Meredith - St. Louis, IL
I remember the War well; I was 10-years old when it ended, and one of my uncles was killed in combat in Germany. As I got older and studied the war in retrospect, I realized that a lot of my views were wartime propaganda and that the cause of the war and the behavior of the warring nations was too complicated to be reduced to good guys vs. bad guys; but some of the beliefs have strong tenacity — for example, I still naively tend to assume that the Americans, unlike the Germans and the Japanese, did not torture their prisoners or rape the wives of the defeated enemy soldiers. You are to be commended for your courage in speaking the truth, particularly in the rape scene at the end.
I’m looking forward to Billy Love’s Secret Crusaders when it is available. Thanks for sending the Mohonk excerpt. I wrote Bert and told him to be prepared to see himself as a character in a novel! Not many of us have that opportunity.
Again, congratulations on a marvelous piece of work. I am in awe of what you have done.
Dr. Jean Wolf: Discussion & Book Signing
- Wednesday, July 11, 2018 5-7pm: Join Dr. Jean Wolf in the Nicola-Stoufer Room for a discussion and signing for her book FORSAKEN CHILDREN. Location: Washington Public Library, 115 W Washington St, Washington, Iowa 52353
June 20, 2018 – Culture Buzz Interview on KFMG 98.9 FM
Dr. Jean Wolf Interview on Culture Buzz
Dr. Jean Wolf - Cabret Appearance
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