About Kristin A. Oakley



I’ve written my whole life — short stories as a kid (my favorite one, “Iowa,” was fashioned after Michael Crichton’s Andromeda Strain), essays and papers as a college student, and legal briefs as a judicial clerk. While raising my two daughters, I wrote editorials for a local paper and magazine articles for Home Education Magazine.


In January 2009, I wrote the first words to Carpe Diem, Illinois. Five years later, Little Creek Press published the book, and it won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award! Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was a finalist in the 2018 Winning Writers North Brook Street Prize.


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Now I’m creating four young adult dystopian novels called The Devil Particle Series. In June of 2023, I released The Devil Particlethe first book in the series. Book two, The Vessel, was released in November of 2023. The final two books in the series, The Runner and The Renegade, will be available in 2024 and 22025.

In addition to writing novels, I love to teach. As a writing instructor, I’ve critiqued manuscripts through the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. I’ve also helped hundreds of writers hone their agent pitches at the Writer’s Institute. As a board member of the Chicago Writers Association (CWA), I was the co-director of their educational programming and the managing editor of The Write City Magazine and The Write City Review. I have a B.A. in psychology and a J.D., both from UW-Madison.


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Check out my newsletter which includes my adventures as an author and Writer’s Book Club. I live in the Milwaukee area and like to hang out at coffee shops writing characters into impossible situations.


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