Interview with The Tishman Review

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People have started to read my book and with that, I have begun the process of having to answer questions about the book. One friend was so excited, that she started asking me questions before she even finished reading. I asked her to finish reading and then re-read the first chapter again. Well, she still had questions. A lot of them pertained to meaning. What did this or that mean? This interview at The Tishman Review might help to clear up some of her questions (or create more). It also covers information about writing craft and my writing process.

First Book Review!

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My first book review just came in by Linda Michel-Cassidy for Prick of the Spindle. She’s such a great writer and really got to the essence of the book. I love this:

“DeBiase uses the curious nature of this place well. The reader learns that here, anything could happen. And that ‘anything’ includes the terrible. It’s a daring thing to place matters of imminent concern within a speculative framework. It is equally risky to write from a child’s point of view with that character (unknowingly) assessing psychological states. And there is the tree as narrator—I was at first, suspicious of this tactic, but now I see that giving voice to an entity with physical and immediate detriment caused by the changing landscape makes sense. As DeBiase says of the mother, ‘It was strenuous work to sustain a vision, but worth it.'”

 

Interview in About.com/Fiction Writing

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Rachel Sherman interviews me about my new novella and publishing with a small press at fictionwriting.about.com.

Advance copies are out!

Let the positive reviews roll in!

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Photos from Love On The Rocks

Taos, NM

February 13, 2015

Me, reading

Me, reading

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The whole gang

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Bruce Katlin

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Gary Feuerman

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Ned Dougherty

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Clinton Murphy

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Eric Mack

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John Biscello

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Linda Michel-Cassidy

Photos by Laura Brzozowski

 

Article in Taos News About Lit Up

 

Show producer and performer, John Biscello

Show producer and performer, John Biscello

Looks like it’s going to be another sold out performance. Check out the lovely write up we got in the Tempo for our upcoming storytelling/literary/comedy event. Great anti-Valentine’s Day propaganda.

Lit Up Taos Returns with Love on the Rock

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As you may recall from our previous episode last fall, Lit Up Writers is a live show blending storytelling, literature and comedy. The show did so well to raise funds for the Metta Theatre youth program that it returns with a pre-Valentine’s Day treat.

Love on the Rocks will feature comedic tales revolving around the dysfunctional side of Eros. Heartbreak, crushes, kinks, obsession, and other barbed elements, affirming the words of the immortal Bard: ‘Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.'”

I will be reading an essay about an ex-boyfriend who was both a blessing (he imported me to Alaska in 2000 and although our relationship only lasted 6 months, my relationship with Alaska lasted 6 years) as well as a curse, (I won’t give away that part of the story; you’ll have to go to the event to find out what happened).

Featuring:  Gary Feuerman, John Biscello, Johanna DeBiase (!), Eric Mack, Bruce Katlin, Linda Michel-Cassidy, Ned Dougherty, and Clinton Murphy. Emceed by Dan Cassidy, with a special musical performance by Joel Larson.

$15. Limited seating. Reservations HIGHLY encouraged, as the last show sold out. 575-758-1104. This show is intended for mature audiences.

Newest Flash from PFC

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Each month the Postcard Fiction Collaborative crew writes a flash piece based on a photo and each month the outcome always surprises me, even my own outcome comes as a surprise. It’s interesting to see how the type of image effects the type of writing. An abstract image often results in poetic prose whereas a more literal image such as this one from December, will more often result in mini-narratives. Check out what happened when we were given Pet Shop for inspiration here.

An Interview in Gravel

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Gravel chose to include me in their new author/artist interview series, which you can find at their blog. I feel super honored to be a part of this. Read the interview here.

I felt a little weird about giving advice to “new writers.” I still feel like a new writer myself even after all these years and publications. Actually, the whole idea of being interviewed made me feel warm and fuzzy and pretty awesome. I’m like the dork that was invited to the prom by the popular boy. When are they going to pour pig’s blood all over me? Someone’s going to stamp PSYCH at the bottom of my interview page and everyone’s going to point and laugh.

Yeah, I’m not insecure at all (insert sarcasm here).

Anyway, thanks Gravel for letting me be part of the cool kids.

Article in Taos News about Lit Up Taos

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My talented husband, Eric Mack, performing at Lit Up Taos

Lit Up Taos premiered this Saturday at Metta Theatre and it was a blast. Honestly, I felt a lot of pressure to be funny. It’s one thing to do a reading and hope people like your work, but it’s another thing to anticipate the chuckles while you read. So, I had a couple of glasses of wine in the green room beforehand. I was second to last to go on. Meanwhile, I listened in on all the other amazing Taos writers do their thing as people cackled hysterically in the packed theater and felt grateful they were warming things up for me. Not to mention, totally impressed by all the talent we’ve got in this tiny town. Thanks again to Carolyn Martone for organizing this. Here is the article that appeared before the show in the local entertainment guide, Tempo.