Born 1950 in Washington, DC into a wealthy family, Jeffrey Marcus Oshins' grandfather was one of the founders on the modern beauty supply business and was the holder of the first patent and trademark on the bobby pin. Oshins was educated in Europe where his father was a diplomat. His father retired to a beachfront home in Santa Barbara where Oshins wrote his first book, Hippies in the Andes/Freedom Pure Freedom, a journal/roman à clef based on a 1973 backpacking trip through the Andes. The book was not released until 2014.
Women in Politics: A Novel, released in 2016, reflects experiences gained by Oshins during an 11-year career as a professional staff member of the U.S. Congress.
Oshins is the author of 12: a Novel about the End of the Mayan Calendar released in 2009 and the sequel, And We Shall Perish released in 2012.
A recording artist, Oshins wrote and produced Mean Son of A Gun on the 1977 record by the Lonesome Tumbleweeds
A four-song EP, The Eye of the Archer, was written and recorded by Oshins and released under the name Apokaful, the name of the heroine’s band in the novel 12: A Novel About the End of the Mayan Calendar. The Eye of the Archer by Apokaful features Oshins on keyboards, Kirsten Candy on vocals, Ian Stewart guitar, and Dennis Dragon on drums.
Oshins wrote, recorded and performed all the instruments on a second Apokaful four-song electronica EP, Cut to Sand, released in 2016.
Oshins is the founder of the literary sharing site www.betareader.us
In 2016, Oshins was briefly a candidate for Congress from the Central Coast of California.