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

Hidden Dangers in Short-Form Publishing Contracts

Authors have plenty to watch for when evaluating a publishing deal, but one of the most common dangers is one even savvy authors might not recognize: an abbreviated contract that omits important clauses and protections. Most authors look at standard-length (12-30 page) publishing contracts with a combination of excitement, fear, and…

Beware of Deer . . . and The Ninja’s Daughter

I took today’s photo in Nara Park, Japan in June of 2015: The park is home to 1200 sacred deer, and although the sika no longer enjoy official “sacred” status, they are legally protected and considered national treasures. Since the deer were considered sacred, and have been protected, for over 1000…

A Visit to Kasuga Shrine (Nara Park, Japan)

Kasuga Grand Shrine (Kasuga Taisha), is one of Japan’s most important, and popular, Shinto shrines. Originally established in 768, the shrine acquired special notoriety and status in 965, when Emperor Murokami began sending imperial messengers to the shrine to report and seek the patron kami’s advice on affairs of state. Over the…

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