Susan Spann

About me

Susan Spann lives in Northern California with her husband, teenage son and three cats (one of which is large enough that it really counts as two). She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Association and is represented by literary agent Sandra Bond of the Bond Literary Agency.

When not running amok or too far in the weeds, Susan writes the SHINOBI mysteries, featuring master ninja Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. The first novel, in which Hiro has just three days to find a samurai’s killer and save the life of the beautiful geisha accused of the crime, is scheduled for publication in Spring 2013 by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Susan also likes archery, gardening and reading, but does not much like writing biographical statements. You can find her on Twitter: @SusanSpann, where she founded the #PubLaw hashtag.

From my website

A Visit to Tatsue Station – Local Train Travel in Japan

Japan’s extensive rail and public transportation systems makes travel simple just about anywhere in the country. It’s even possible to visit relatively out-of-the way locations by transferring from larger trains to smaller local lines. While urban stations like Tokyo Eki (“Eki” means “station” in Japanese) often contain numerous platforms and many…

The Futon – Traditional Japanese Bedding

Traditionally, Japanese people did not sleep on raised beds or thick mattresses the way many Westerners did (and do).  Traditionally, Japanese people slept on futon - a type of thin mattress rested directly on the tatami floor, which was laid out for use at night and rolled up or folded away in a chest or…

Japanese Toilet Slippers

Visitors to traditional Japanese homes, ryokan (inns), and shrines typically remove their shoes and leave them at the door. All well and good for brief visits, but what happens when you need to answer the call of nature during a shoeless time? Toilet slippers. These special slippers sit at the entrance to…

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