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Deb Vanasse

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Eclectic author of 15 books published with six different presses: literary fiction, books on the craft and business of writing, narrative nonfiction, books for children and young adults. Alaska is home and inspiration.

Average rating: 3.75 · 385 ratings · 100 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Alaska Sampler 2014: Ten Au...

3.59 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 2014
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Cold Spell

3.52 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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Totem Tale

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Under Alaska's Midnight Sun

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Out of the Wilderness

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Lucy's Dance

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A Distant Enemy

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What Every Author Should Know

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"Deb Vanasse’s book is about Kate Carmack (or Shaaw Tláa, her Tagich name), best known as the Native wife of George Carmack, the supposed discoverer of the great Klondike gold strike. Vanasse paints a vivid picture of the woman and her times. This..." Read more of this review »
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"Finally! A book that captures the excitement of the Klondike gold rush without sentimental, romanticized embellishment.
The lore of the Yukon has often reported that Kate Carmack, an obscure Tagish woman, discovered the first gold nugget to be brou..." Read more of this review »
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Write Your Best Book by Deb Vanasse
"After reading and reviewing “What Every Author Should Know”, I leapt at the chance to receive an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of Deb Vanasse’s latest book for writers, “Write Your Best Book.”

Vanasse begins by dissecting the “exceptional book” which..." Read more of this review »
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“she learned words that rolled from her tongue when no one was listening. Firns and striations. Cirques and moraines. Adulation. Sublimation. She fell asleep to their music, and she woke to it. Chatter marks, eskers, and drumlins. Truncated spurs. Corries and tarns. Kames. Eolian loess. Katabatic winds.”
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“You need the capacity to see beauty even when it’s not pretty every day.”
Deb Vanasse, Alaska Sampler 2014: Ten Authors from the Great Land: Fiction - Biography - Memoir - Humor

“We have choices between living life to its fullest and trying to live life to its longest,”
Deb Vanasse, Alaska Sampler 2014: Ten Authors from the Great Land: Fiction - Biography - Memoir - Humor

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Deb Vanasse New year, new inspiration for authors! What Every Author Should Know by Deb Vanasse On book publishing and promotion, no matter how you do it. "The best book I've read on the subject." ~ Jeffrey Wetherington Sr.

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Deb Vanasse For the next 20 days, reviewers can download for free and get a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards!

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Deb Vanasse Wow! 637 entries in the Goodreads giveaway for Out of the Wilderness, with books headed to five lucky winners all over the country. Today's the last day of the "Summer Solstice" special for a free Kindle edition, and the softcover is now available on Amazon, too. Happy reading!

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Deb Vanasse Happy Solstice! My acclaimed YA novel Out of the Wilderness (grownups like it, too!) is FREE June 21 & 22 on Kindle; also Goodreads giveaway for the softcover ends June 22.

“Never mind those Alaska reality shows—this is the real Alaska. Deb Vanasse writes with the authority of one who’s been there, her prose as fresh and piercing as a winter sunrise. As one of her characters tells us, ‘once you’ve been in the wilderness, a part of it will always be with you.’ This coming of age story, like the Alaskan wilderness, will leave a lasting mark on those it touches.” Debby Dahl Edwardson, National Book Award Finalist, My Name Is Not Easy

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Deb Vanasse Lots of iconic women on here, or so I hear! I recommend joining some groups.

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Buddy Guy I used to be a member of Goodreads many years ago. Or what seems like many years ago. Thanks for reminding me about this site again.

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