An Alaska-inspired author cooperative, Running Fox is dedicated to high-quality books that inspire, engage, and transform. For readers young and old, we promote books with strong commercial literary appeal, written by spirited, independent authors who care about language and the shared pleasure of a good book.

We've officially launched the literary/book club novel Cold Spell. Advance praise has been pouring in: “Grabs you from the opening line and never lets go” (Publishers Weekly); "Vanasse is talented: she can turn ordinary words into the sublime" (Foreword Reviews); and “Captures the harsh beauty of the terrain as well as the strain of self-doubt and complicated family bonds.” (Booklist). 

Also, Tanyo Ravicz has released Alaskans and A Man of His Village in new print and ebook editions. He also has a limited number of iTunes promo codes to distribute for free copies of his ebooks for publicity and reviews. Interested readers please contact him at

And don't forget our Alaska Sampler 2014 e-book, featuring selections by Dana Stabenow, David Marusek, Leigh Newman, Howard Weaver, Deb Vanasse, Don Rearden, Kaylene Johnson, Tanyo Ravicz, Jan Harper Haines, and Ned Rozell. Best of all: it's free!

As always, thanks for reading!

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Tanyo Ravicz
What motivates you to write?

An irrational drive to give lasting and meaningful shape to the experience of life is what motivates me to write. The satisfaction comes from engaging other people with the result of the effort, or, failing that, or in addition to that, in the consciousness of having written the best prose I can. If my words cause people to smile or grit their teeth or anxiously knit their brows or to ponder, that’s a rewarding engagement. Still, apart from that, it’s satisfying to see something in your own way and to crystallize that vision in penetrating prose.

What made you decide to forego traditional publishing?

That feels like a trick question. Honestly, whatever I offer about publishing has to be understood as coming from someone who’s had the experience several times repeated since the late 1980s of trying to “get” a literary agent and “get” a publisher. From the manila envelope to the iPhone, I’ve seen the changes in how things are done, but I’m not well qualified to speak about traditional publishing from the inside. By the same token, of course, you wouldn’t expect me to greatly lament the disruptions to the industry.

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