Award-winning Carpe Diem, Illinois is the first book in the Leo Townsend Series

For decades, the small town of Carpe Diem, Illinois has quietly unschooled its children, eschewing tests and classrooms for real-life experiences. Now, long-smoldering political feuds and deep personal secrets threaten to explode. More

Reviews for the Leo Townsend series

Carpe Diem, IL –

“Great storytelling by a brilliant author. I opened the novel and did not put Carpe Diem, Illinois down until I was finished.

Kristin Oakley is a gifted storyteller and writer. I was lost in the story, living in Carpe Diem, and turning pages as fast as I could. Wow! I look forward to reading her second book. Her books deserve a large audience . . . and I can see Carpe Diem, Illinois as a movie.”

Nick Chiarkas, author of the critically-acclaimed novel WeepersNick Chiarkas

Carpe Diem, IL 

“Great read. I love a good mystery, but I love a great story more! This is an intelligent, well-written story that had me finding moments all day to get back to the book. The characters are well defined; you cheer for the good guys & gals and boo the enemies! Learned lots about unschooling as well.

The methods of delivering information from newsreporting to the voices of the young folks, masterfully done. Can’t wait for the next Leo Townsend story.”

Mary Helen Conroy

God on Mayhem Street

“Kristin Oakley nailed it again! . . . If her second book is any indication of things to come, we’ve found our next best-selling author. In God on Mayhem Street . . . the characters speak to us so clearly that they become friends.

This is one riveting book that I began at 7 p.m. and finally read the last page at 4 a.m. Yes – it’s that good – stay up all night reading good.”

Linda Thompson, Host of The Authors Show

Linda Thompson

Understanding Dystopians

Knowing that reading is crucial to good writing, I thought I’d read enough dystopian novels to write a good dystopian myself. For instance, I’ve read The Hunger Games trilogy, The Divergent Series, The City of Ember, The Giver, and Wool. I’ve also read Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Fahrenheit 451 led me to write Carpe Diem, Illinois and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched The Matrix.

Then I stumbled upon Professor Pamela Bedore’s “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” Great Courses lecture and realized I haven’t even scratched the surface.

Fireworks over a lake

New Year’s Resolutions

A lot of people don’t like New Year’s resolutions but I’m not one of them. I like imagining the new year as a fresh page, a fresh beginning, an exciting time of new possibilities. Starting a new year is a great time to evaluate what has worked in the past and what hasn’t and to establish new goals.

Audiobooks Adventure Party!

Award-winning author Kristin A. Oakley and American Players Theatre Actor Robert R. Doyle will discuss turning Carpe Diem, Illinois and God on Mayhem Street into audiobooks at Mystery to Me Bookstore on Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 7-9 p.m.

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God on Mayhem Street is a Finalist!

Announcing my second novel, God on Mayhem Street, is a finalist in the Winning Writers North Street Book Prize!

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