About Kristin A. Oakley


My debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction, was a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year, and a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released in August of 2016. I’m a Chicago Writers Association board member, the managing editor of CWA’s The Write City Magazine and The Write City Reviewand a UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies adjunct writing instructor where I offer workshops, critique manuscripts, and help writers practice their agent pitches. I have a B.A. in psychology and a J.D., both from UW-Madison.

In the summer you can catch me writing Leo’s story on the UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. When it cools down, I put characters in impossible situations while sitting in my favorite chair at the beautiful Verona Public Library. I’m currently working on The Devil Particle Trilogy and the third book in the Leo Townsend series.