Oklahoma Books

Contributed by August Blogger of the Month, Constance Burris

On a recent Twitter Chat, the participants mentioned how there weren’t enough diverse locations in urban fiction. I wholeheartedly agreed! This is why all of my stories are located in Oklahoma or feature characters from Oklahoma. My online beta readers are always shocked when they discover my stories are set here.  After all, Oklahoma isn’t as popular or trendy as Chicago, New York City, New Orleans or San Francisco. But I love Oklahoma. There’s nothing like describing the humidity laden heat, the long lost horny toad, or the downtown Greyhound bus station (which was recently demolished) and being able to picture, smell, and hear these things in all of their glory.

If Stephen King can make small towns in Maine his thing, I can definitely make Oklahoma my thing.

For research, I looked up books set in Oklahoma and here are two lists I found:

The Goodreads List

Oklahoma goodreads

Thor novel by J. Michael Straczynski, a pulp fiction novel called Dirty White Boys by Stephen Hunter, and  Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter.


This Land Press

There are 15 Oklahoma books on this list. Including, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew

oklahoma books
Do you have a favorite book set in Oklahoma? Tell us about it.

Constance BurrisConstance Burris is on a mission to take over the world through writing science fiction and fantasy. She blogs at www.constanceburris.com. And you can purchase her stories here

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  1. Agreed, love seeing an Oklahoma setting! Anna Myers sets many of her middle grade novels in Oklahoma, including Red-Dirt Jessie. I enjoyed Scott Westerfeld’s The Midnighters which is set in Bixby, Oklahoma (although I’ve never been able to find the badlands it refers to:-)

    God bless,

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