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

The Making of an Audio Book

What does it take to turn a novel into an audio book? In this newsletter, I share with you my experiences of turning Carpe Diem, Illinois into an exciting audio book.

Me at Mystery to Me Bookstore

Live & In Person

There are many reasons authors should participate in live events. Here are some notable examples, as well as my own experiences.

Actor Rob Doyle reads Carpe Diem, Illinois

Carpe Diem, Illinois Audio Book Coming Soon!

Actor Rob Doyle has been recording Carpe Diem, Illinois this past week at Paradyme Productions. The audio version will be available for purchase soon.

See Me in Person!

At the New Glarus UCC Church Book Fair!   Sunday, September 2nd, 10:00 a.m . until 3:00 p.m. at the New Glarus UCC Church, 18 5th Avenue, New Glaurs, WI. I'll be on hand to sign and sell books and discuss all things writing and Leo. Lot's going on in that little town...