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

Finding Perspective in the Gates

Stop comparing your whole life to someone else’s curated joy. A dramatic message on a blog where I offer few absolutes, but if you read only one sentence from me today, it should be that one. Last month I spent a day at Fushimi Inari shrine outside Kyoto. People often ask me “how it…

Joy and Gratitude…and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Last week I flew to Denver to celebrate the release of Flask of the Drunken Master and to attend an event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers–a summer get-together at which RMFW announced its 2015 Writer of the Year. (Spoiler alert: It’s…me–although I didn’t know it in advance.) I was honored to…

Copyright Ownership in Derivative Works

Under U.S. Copyright law, “derivative works” are creative works based on a pre-existing work (either copyrighted or in the public domain) which incorporates elements of the original along with new elements, concepts, or ideas. Sequels, unrelated works based in a pre-existing created world, film scripts, and radio plays are all examples of derivative works.  The…

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