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 a finalist in the 2018 Winning Writers North Brook Street Prize. I’m a Chicago Writers Association board member, the managing editor of The Write City Magazine and The Write City Review and a UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies writing instructor. 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 collaborating on a creative non-fiction project, Abbey’s Ride for Life: The Bike Ride That Saved 240,000 Lives, Plus 1, with Bill Conner. I’m also writing a young adult dystopian trilogy called The Devil Particle Trilogy and have a bi-monthly newsletter about my writing life. Thanks for stopping by!