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

How to Write a Business Plan for Your Book (Part 2: the Overview)

Today, we start our in-depth look at the sections of a “book business plan” and how to write them, with a look at the “Overview” section. If you missed last week’s overview, you can find it here. Authors should prepare a business plan for every book. The plan doesn’t have to be…

Through the Karamon to the Shogun’s Palace

During the medieval era, entering the shogun’s palace was not as simple as approaching a gate and walking through–or even scaling a wall. Most Japanese castles lay within multiple layers of fortifications, designed to keep intruders out and to impress the people granted entry. This was true regardless of whether the castle…

Collector of Secrets … Puzzles and Lies

I met Richard Goodfellow at this year’s Bouchercon (World Mystery Convention), and was delighted to have him sign my copy of COLLECTOR OF SECRETS, his debut thriller set in Japan. I was even more delighted when he agreed to guest post here at the blog. And so, with no further ado….here’s…

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