An avid writer from a young age — as well as a former A.P. English teacher and photo journalist — author Dellani Oakes grew up writing songs and poems in elementary school and short stories in high school. In college, where she majored in theatre, she developed an interest in play writing and fell in love with dialogue-heavy, character-driven scripts. These influences are evident in her published works, as she uses verbal exchanges as a tool for revealing both plot and characterization.
When her youngest son started kindergarten in 2002, Oakes was able to write full-time, and her first novel, Indian Summer, was published in 2008 by Second Wind Publishing. A touching story of historical romance, Indian Summer tells the tale of Gabriella Deza, a young woman who unwittingly stumbles into a world of love, betrayal and adventure.