Welcome to Webpage of JL Oakley

Welcome to my website. So glad you came by. I love history and stories, gardening and just being outdoors. (I’ve been tent camping since a baby).

Timber Rose, the prequel to my award winning novel, Tree Soldier, is doing nicely. About a young woman’s desire to be a New Woman of the early 20th century, she must face family censure and the hardships of  the wife of a forest ranger, a man she elopes with. It’s already received some good reviews. Very excited to get a highly recommended from the Historical Novel Society. And now, a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.

Timber Rose v2 for KindleI grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, listening to my mother’s stories of life in early 20th century Boise, Idaho. Several of them were about the boys from “New Joisey” occupying a side camp up the creek from my great-uncle’s ranch. Desperate boys from back East, they were members of the Civilian Conservation Corps doing reclamation projects in the rugged area of the Lowman/Banks area. From these stories I wrote TREE SOLDIER, set in 1930s in the North Cascades Mountains of Washington State.

I’ve lived in the Northwest for over 35 years. When I’m not writing, I enjoy delving into local history, looking for little surprises that tell a larger story of my area and the nation’s past, fodder for more novels or non-fiction pieces. I can be found in my garden conversing with chickadees or teaching history hands-on to local grade school students. I churn DIGITAL CAMERAexcellent butter (don’t forget to wash it!) and can spin up a storm.  For past two years, I’ve been a speaker for Humanities Washington, speaking on the CCCs in that state from 1933 to 1941.  Now that my time in the speaker bureau is over, I’m excited to have been invited by the CCC Legacy to be on their speaker’s list. So honored. I love to talk about the CCCs.

I was honored as a recipient of the 2013 Mayor’s Award for writing and history in Bellingham. (I write every day no matter what!)

Logo GFTree Soldier had a nice run as a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Contest 2014. Got a very nice review. Now you can get the novel in audiobook form.  Audible, Itunes and Amazon.