Short Story on Hayden’s Ferry Review


This month, my short story, One Chance to Breathe, is featured on Hayden’s Ferry Review’s online Dock. First, it is such a great opportunity to be involved in such an excellent journal. Additionally, I get to be online. I mean, I love print as much as the next writer, but being online means I can share my story with, basically, everyone, including you, right now. This story was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s short story All Summer in the Day. It was also inspired by a true story, believe it or not, that I read in the news.

Video Poem on Atticus Review


Super excited to announce that Atticus Review has published my video poem, When They Came For Us, on their website. This is my second video poem and both of them have found a home on the internet with literary journals. My first one, Threadbare, with Prick of the Spindle. This encourages me to create more video poems as more online journals are interested in multi-media forms. Also, it’s tons of fun.

Back in the Office

I didn’t quite finish NaNoWriMo. I made it to about 45000 words and the manuscript felt done, or maybe it was just me. Either way, I was done. I wrote this piece for Foreword Reviews half-way through my process. After  a short hiatus with my family to Mexico, I am back to work and in full gear. This article I wrote for Writer’s Digest, How and Why to Write Like a Pachyderm, was published over the holidays.

mango daquiri

Sorry, Out of the Office


Actually, I’m in the office, in a major way– 2,000 words a day in the office. So, basically, I’ll be too busy to post anything for the rest of the month. I promise to post later with the lowdown on how I fared during my first National Novel Writing Month in which I attempted to write my first Science Fiction novel, which is completely character-driven. What the hey?! So much fun.

New Flash Fiction from Postcard Fiction Collaborative

Shout by Alina Noir

Photo by Alina Noir, “Shout”

Great bit of flash this month:

Short Movie Excerpt from Mama & the Hungry Hole

I wanted to do something a little different. Readings can be difficult to focus on, sometimes even dull. I wanted to change things up a bit. Though I wanted to do something multi-media, I also wanted to keep it simple and easy. So, I made a movie that was exclusive for the book tour, but now available to the public. This is an excerpt from my novella. It is one of three original fairy tales and told from a young child’s point-of-view.

Alice Out of Wonderland from Johanna DeBiase on Vimeo.

This Sweet Book Review


I love this blog, Black, White & Read, which began as a self-challenge by one woman to read and review all the books represented on Gilmore Girls in the order that they appear. She is as funny as you might imagine considering the concept. Lucky for me, she got hold of a copy of my book and (having completed all the GG books) gave it this lovely review.

Book Tour Update

At Green Apple Books in San Francisco

At Green Apple Books in San Francisco

The book tour has been an amazing success with more benefits than I might have imagined. Besides spending time with family, I also got to reconnect with old friends. I wrote an article about the first half of my tour here at Foreword Reviews. One of the most unexpected benefits so far have been meeting readers and hearing what their experience with the book has been. Most of the time I’m stinky and dirty from living in my camper. I haven’t had time to do much of anything else. I’m not getting any richer and I’m fairly exhausted. But I’m having a blast! Seriously. I have two more readings scheduled in Portland and then I will be returning home. Keep an eye out for more updates.

With a co-worker from the bookstore in Seattle where we used to work and I read my book.

With an old co-worker from the bookstore in Seattle where we used to work and I read my book.


Mom and sister also attended my reading in Bellingham.

Mom and sister attended my reading in Bellingham.

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Book Launch at SOMOS

Jo-reading-1 Jo-reading-2 Jo-reading-3Had a great time at the book launch last week at SOMOS in Taos. It was an honor to read with such great authors as Iver Arnegard and Linda Michel-Cassidy. A couple of friends said it was the first reading they had ever been to. I guess if I can get people to come to a reading, I’ve done my job. These photos are by Micheal Benanav. The last one is of me watching the film I made exclusively for the book tour (in other words, you can’t see it anywhere else until after the tour). I was a little nervous about showing the film because it was different than what I usually do, but I think it worked out well and it looked cool on the big screen. In a few days I’ll be reading all by myself (a first?) in Denver at the BookBar.

denver reading


Mama & the Hungry Hole Now Available to Purchase!


You can buy my book NOW in paperback or ebook! Check it out on Amazon. Hey, by the way, if you like it, consider giving it a good review on Amazon or Goodreads. I appreciate it. If you don’t like it, keep it to yourself; no one likes a complainer.