Kristin A. Oakley’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, is the winner of the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction and a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year. The sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was released in September of 2016. Kristin is the president and co-founder of the professional writers’ organization In Print, a board member of the Chicago Writers Association, and the managing editor of The Write City Magazine. As a writing instructor at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Kristin critiques manuscripts and offers an online course on cliffhangers. She has a B.A. in psychology and a J.D., both from UW-Madison.
In the summer you can catch Kristin writing Leo’s story on the UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. When it cools down she puts characters in impossible situations while sitting in her favorite chair at the beautiful Verona Public Library. She’s currently working on a young adult dystopian novel and the third book in the Leo Townsend series.