J.L. Oakley

Award-winning Historical Fiction Author


About J.L. Oakley

I write award-winning historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II. My characters, who come from all walks of life, stand up for something in their own time and place. My writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize (Tree Soldier), the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award, 2015 WILLA Silver Award (Timber Rose) and the 2016 Goethe Grand Prize (The Jøssing Affair). I’m honored that Mist-chi-mas won first place in the 2017 Laramie Awards and is now an IndieBRAG.

I’ve loved history since I was a girl when my mom shared her love of swashbuckling novels and the stories her mother told of settling the West in the 1870s. Naturally, I love to write about it. In addition to historical fiction, I’ve also written three mystery novellas set in the Hawaiian Islands. When not writing, I demonstrate 19th century folkways. I can churn some pretty mean butter.

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