J.L. Oakley

Award-winning Historical Fiction Author


About J.L. Oakley

Janet Oakley, writing as J.L. Oakley. writes award-winning historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II. Her characters, who come from all walks of life, stand up for something in their own time and place.
Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize for TREE SOLDIER, 2015 WILLA Silver Award for TIMBER ROSE and the 2016 Goethe Award Grand Prize for THE JØSSING AFFAIR. MIST-CHI-MAS, set on San Juan Island after the Pig War, is an 2018 IndieBRAG Medallion book, 2018 WILLA Award finalist and won second place in the Will Rogers Medallion Award, Western Romance. Her latest, THE QUISLING FACTOR, , is the 2020 Grand Prize winner for the Hemingway Awards for 20th century War stories and won 2021 Honorable Mention in the Mystery/Thriller category for the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-book Awards.

Though she has lived in the Pacific NW for many years, she has also lived in Hawaii, Washington DC and Pittsburgh. She has been a guide at Mission Houses in Honolulu, a museum educator at a small NW county museum, and a Humanities Washington speaker.

When not writing, Janet demonstrate 19th century folkways. She can churn some pretty mean butter.

J.L. Oakley Author where history and story meet