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  • Cold Spell by Deb Vanasse
  • Wealthy Woman by Deb Vanasse


  • Write Your Best Book by Deb Vanasse
  • Book Title: What Every Author Should Know


  • No Returns: The Battleband Saga Book One by Deb Vanasse
  • A Distant Enemy by Deb Vanasse
  • Out of the Wilderness by Deb Vanasse


  • Black Wolf of the Glacier: Alaska's Romeo by Deb Vanasse
  • Lucy's Dance by Deb Vanasse
  • Alaska Animal Babies by Deb Vanasse
  • Under Alaska's Midnight Sun by Deb Vanasse
  • Totem Tale: A Tall Tale from Alaska by Deb Vanasse

Publications List


Wealth Woman: Kate Carmack and the Klondike Race for Gold (Univeristy of Alaska Press 2016)
Write Your Best Book (Running Fox 2015)
What Every Author Should Know (Running Fox 2015)
Picture This, Alaska: Photographs from the Last Frontier (Sasquatch 2009)
Off the Beaten Path: Alaska, sixth edition, with Melissa DeVaughn (Globe Pequot 2008)
The Insiders’ Guide to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska (Globe-Pequot 2007)

Cold Spell (University of Alaska Press/Alaska Literary Series 2014)

No Returns (Running Fox 2014)
Black Wolf of the Glacier (University of Alaska Press/Snowy Owl 2013)
Lucy’s Dance (University of Alaska Press/Snowy Owl 2011)
Amazing Alaska (Sasquatch Books 2010)
Totem Tale (Sasquatch 2006)
Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun (Sasquatch 2005)
Alaska’s Animal Babies (Sasquatch 2005)
Out of the Wilderness (Clarion 1999; Running Fox 2013)
A Distant Enemy (Lodestar/Penguin 1997; Running Fox 2013)

OTHER (selected): IBPA Independent; Bookforum; Washington Post Book World; The ALAN Review; Fairbanks Daily News Miner

The Short Version:
At age twenty-one, Deb Vanasse was dropped by a bush pilot on a gravel runway in middle of the Alaska wilderness. No roads, no houses, no cars, no people—only a winding brown slough and tundra spread flat as prairie. She had come not for adventure but to live, an isolating but evocative experience that inspires much of her work. After 36 years in Alaska, Deb now lives on Oregon’s north coast. The author of seventeen books, she earned a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops. She is also co-founder of the 49 Alaska Writing Center and founder of the author collective Running Fox Books.

The Slightly Longer Version:
Author of seventeen books, Deb Vanasse has been fortunate to enjoy a huge variety of experiences in the company of some amazing people. Her childhood was far from ordinary, as her family lived on the grounds of the state mental institution where her dad worked. The staff consisted mostly of foreign doctors, so she grew up with children from around the world, always in the shadow of the sprawling hospital and patients who walked the grounds, each more or less in his own little world. Deb lived in her own little world much of the time too. Her favorite hangout was a shed attached to her family’s barracks-style cement block house, where she’d spend hours reading and imagining story worlds.

College in Northern Minnesota introduced her to the wilderness and the cold, so it seemed natural to head to Alaska for her first teaching job. After teaching in three Yup’ik Eskimo villages, she moved to Fairbanks and then to Anchorage. After 36 years in Alaska, she now lives on Oregon’s north coast with her husband Mike and their boxer dog, Mackenzie.

When she’s not walking the beach or working on another book, Deb is often camping or working in her garden or visiting family in Portland, Tacoma, and San Diego. Writing is now her full-time occupation, though she occasionally teaches for the 49 Alaska Writing Center, which she co-founded in 2010. Her most recent novel, Cold Spell, received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Foreword Reviews. Her most recent nonfiction title, Wealth Woman, was a True West “Best of the West” pick. She is represented by Rick Pascocello of Glass Literary Management.


  • Freelance Editor and Writing Coach, Denali Ventures (2008 to present)
  • Staff Reporter, IBPA Independent (2014 to present)
  • Creative Writing Instructor, 49 Writing Center, Anchorage AK (2010 to present)
  • Instruction and Curriculum, Fairbanks North Star Borough Schools (1988 to 1999)
  • Associate Professor, Tanana Valley College, Fairbanks AK (1987-88)
  • Instructor, Kuskokwim Community College, Bethel AK (1982-87)
  • Teacher, Akiachuk High School, Akiachuk AK (1981-2)
  • Principal/Teacher, Tuluksak High School, Tuluksak AK (1980-1)
  • Teacher, Nunapitchuk High School, Nunapitchuk AK (1979-80)


Master of Arts, Humanities
California State University, Dominguez Hills (1991)
Bachelor of Science, Education
Bemidji State University (1978)


Montaigne Award Finalist
BP Teacher of Excellence
Kuskokwim Community College Instructor of the Year

Permissions & Rights

  • Current projects represented by Rick Pascocello, Glass Literary Management
  • Foreign Rights, Wealth Woman and Cold Spell, represented by Judy Klein, Kleinworks
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