Johanna DeBiase


Taos, New Mexico

Johanna DeBiase

A freelance journalist/essayist and fiction writer, I love to write about all things literary from the craft of writing to books to authors to the publishing industry. I also love to cover stories about travel, art, music, yoga, health, beauty and parenting. I am the author of the fabulist novella Mama & the Hungry Hole (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2015).


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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How to Maintain NaNoWriMo Momentum

For years I’ve wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, in which the entire month of November is devoted to writing 50,000 words. As the name implies, people across the country, and the world, simultaneously devote all of their free time to writing over 1,600 words a day.
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Taos Storytelling Festival offers tales for young and old

Literary scholar, Jonathan Gotschall said, “We are a species addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”. Taos will have an opportunity to feed our minds with story Friday and Saturday (Oct. 23-24), at the 16th annual Taos Storytelling Festival presented by the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS).
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9 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Writing Residency

Are you staring out the window, daydreaming of an isolated cabin in the woods where you have no other obligation to the world other than to wake up and write every day? If so, you’re in dire need of a writing residency. Every residency is unique. Some are rural, some are urban. Some allow for various social opportunities, while others give you a space and leave you alone.
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How to (Maybe) Do a DIY Book Tour

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series following author Johanna DeBiase on a DIY West Coast book tour to promote her novel, Mama & The Hungry Hole. When I began to plan for my West Coast book tour, I made sure to schedule events only in the cities where I knew people, which happened to be Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, and Lopez Island.
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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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Hampton Sides to read from ‘The Kingdom of Ice’

Tickets to Sides’ reading are $10, $8 for seniors and SOMOS members, students are free. For more information, contact (575) 758-0081 or Visit Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:15 am | Updated: 8:25 am, Thu Feb 19, 2015. Then there are those who have a difficult time wrapping their minds around 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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13 Books Every Dog-Lover Should Read

What is it about our pups, those drooling, panting, fur balls (that sometimes look like confections), that makes us turn into piles of mush the minute we see them? Is it their enormous cuddle-factor? Their loyal companionship? Their zen ability to relax us or their eagerness for play?
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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

Taos hosts 'Xphrasis' event

It’s Greek to me, literally. I first heard the word ekphrasis wafting off the lips of friend and Taos poet, Jen Acampora when she asked me to participate in the upcoming event on Friday (April 25). I responded with a stony stare before quickly looking up the word on Merriam-Webster online and discovered its simple meaning, “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art.”.
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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-one 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 ten years in Taos, New Mexico.

Yes, that is my natural hair color.