Johanna DeBiase


Taos, New Mexico

Johanna DeBiase

A freelance journalist/essayist and fiction writer, I love to write about yoga, travel and the craft of writing. I am the author of the fabulist novella Mama & the Hungry Hole (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2015) and producer of the podcast Yoga for Writing: a podcast for miserable writers.


How and Why to Write Like a Pachyderm

To be a writer, we must have a thick skin, thick as a pachyderm, gray and wrinkly and drooping off of our limbs like armor. Delusions are good. Writers certainly need their delusions of grandeur. How else would we continue obsessively against the odds that we will ever make a living? But you need to hide those delusions under, you guessed it, a thick skin.
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Literary Iceland Lives on in Ancient Sagas and Modern 'Poeticians'

When my husband found cheap tickets to visit the Land of Fire and Ice, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity for adventure. That’s how I found myself leaving the beautiful spring climate of New Mexico to re-experience winter all over again in Iceland. Calling it winter is really putting it mildly. no, this is a wet, windy arctic winter.
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Fabulist Fiction: Literary Meets Weird

This June, my debut novella, Mama & the Hungry Hole, will be published as #4 in the Wordcraft Fabulist Novella Series from Wordcraft of Oregon. While having my first book published has been an absolutely amazing journey, I struggled for a couple of years to find a home for my novella. For one, novellas are a difficult length to sell.
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10 Yoga Books to Deepen Your Practice

Practicing yoga is more than just a butt lift and ab toner (though it’s certainly those things too). This ancient Indian spiritual practice has dozens of amazing benefits — hello elevated moods, protection from injury, lower stress, better sleep, better athletic performance, lower blood sugar, better posture, boosted immunity, balanced metabolism… I could go on, but I think you get it.
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E-Books vs. Paperbacks: Why Digital Wins, Period.

For several years in the ’90s, I worked as a bookseller at a string of indie bookstores in Seattle. Since I had dreams of being an author, I romanticized the job of pushing paperbacks on defenseless customers in search of greater meaning. Each day, I inhaled the exhilarating scent of musty paper and bookbinder glue, pausing between bookshelf aisles to read passages from novels and memoirs with intriguing cover art.
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Six Indisputable Reasons Why Reading Makes You Sexy

“If you go home with someone and they don’t have any books, don’t fuck them.”. I love this quote from John Waters, filmmaker and eccentric extraordinaire. It’s a call to action, a protest against the unread masses who couldn’t possibly be as good in bed as bibliophiles, because duh -- reading is just so damn sexy. Link to Story

Criminal intent: Author discusses newest New Mexico crime novel

Author Michael McGarrity discusses newest New Mexico crime novel. I didn't want to write crime novels. That just happens to be one of the categories most of my books fall into. I'm a writer in search of a genre. Actually, I've been writing about one man and his family in all 16 novels.”. New Mexico author Michael McGarrity's newest crime novel, "Residue," is scheduled to be released today (Nov. 8).
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Book Review: Himalya Bound by Michael Benanav

Journalist and photographer's new book takes him to the Himalayas. HIMALAYA BOUND, An American Journey with Nomads in North India, By Michael Benanav, 224pp., Pegasus Books, $16.95. Can man and nature live in harmony? These days with the growing research on climate change, it's hard to imagine such a possibility.
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Book review: 'Shoot Me Jesus,' a novel in short stories

Who are you? It seems like a simple question, but it's much more complex than at first it appears. Perhaps you answer with your name, age and occupation. Perhaps you point out your hometown, culture, sexual orientation, political leaning or family relations.
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Book Review: Jaimie's Muse by Bonnie Lee Black

While people have always been curious about their family's past, it is only recently with the popularity of genealogical DNA testing that most have been able trace their ancestors back multiple generations. A family's story might be lost for many reasons, such as adoption or migration. The popular PBS show, "Finding Your Roots," uses a variety of resources to track famous people's roots, helping them to find answers to their familial mysteries.
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Book Review: Her Kind of Case by Jeanne Winer

Jeanne Winer's 'Her Kind of Case' is a legal drama that takes on social issues. If you're looking for a heroine you can get behind, you might find her in Lee Isaacs, the protagonist of local author Jeanne Winer's newest legal drama, "Her Kind of Case," out this month. She's not Wonder Woman; you won't discover any bullet-deflecting cuffs or truth-inducing lassos in her briefcase.
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Creative exchange: Second annual Taos Writers Conference brings intensives, workshops and more

Second annual Taos Writers Conference brings intensives, workshops and more. Once upon a time, the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque in collaboration with the D.H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives hosted an annual writers conference in Taos called the Taos Summer Writers' Conference. In 2015, after 13 years in Taos, they decided to take their highly successful conference down the road to Santa Fe, and before long, they changed the title of the conference to exclude Taos.
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Johanna DeBiase

DeBiase is Italian and pronounced: di-bi-ä’-zi.

I am obsessed with travel and have been to twenty-six countries so far.

I am a certified yoga instructor.

I own a vintage clothing boutique to fund my obsession with thrifting.

My fiction writing tends to deal with death, nature, travel and psychosis.

I spent the first twenty-two years of my life in the lower Hudson Valley region of New York before I moved to Seattle for two years, then Alaska for six years, and the last twelve years in Taos, New Mexico.