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Love seeing history & storytelling come together.
Historical, Mystery/Detective, Suspense/Thriller, Articles/Essays
=Fiction=, Fantasy, Historical, Literary, Mystery/Detective, Biography, Creative nonfiction

Writing as J.L Oakley, I am an award winning author of historical fiction and memoir essays. My writings appear in various literary publications, including Clover, A Literary Rag.
My novel, Timber Rose, set in the North Cascades at the turn of century, is a 2015 WILLA award silver finalist and first place 2014 Chaucer Award winner. Recently, it was selected by Beauty and the Book, the largest book club in the world. Tree Soldier won the 2012 EPIC ebook Award, 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, and was chosen by Pacific NW librarians as their 2013 Everybody Reads pick.
Last spring, I published my first mystery novella, Saddle Road, for the launch of the Lei Crime Kindle World series. A second novella, Coconut Island, debuted at the end of October. When not writing, I enjoy gardening, walking, zumba, and demonstrating 19th century life.

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I specialize in teaching history hands-on to elementary students, writing social studies curriculum and presenting talks. 35+ years experience.
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