Deb Vanasse

Deb Vanasse

An Alaskan since 1979, Deb Vanasse has traveled extensively throughout the state, including remote areas of Southwestern Alaska, where she lived and worked for eight years. Her two children were born in the Bush, where riverboat, snow machine, and small plane are the only ways to get from one village to another. Eventually she moved to Fairbanks and then to Anchorage, where she enjoys hiking, biking, and camping. A retired teacher, Deb is the author of several books set in Alaska, including Picture This, Alaska; A Distant Enemy; Out of the Wilderness; Under Alaska's Midnight Sun; Alaska's Animal Babies; Totem Tale; Amazing Alaska; Lucy's Dance; and Black Wolf of the Glacier. She is also the author of the Insider's Guide to Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska and co-author of Off the Beaten Path: Alaska (sixth edition). Deb stays active in the Alaskan writing community by blogging at and She also maintains a web presence at

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