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

T Minus Seven…and Counting

Seven days from today, I leave for Japan. This trip is a fairly big deal, for several reasons. –Despite publishing several novels set in medieval Kyoto, this is actually my first trip to the country I love so dearly. (I work with a historian and a tour guide who live in Japan,…

Seizing the Joy

I blog quite a bit about legal issues, seahorses, and the writing path. Most of those posts carry lessons…in no small part because my life is one long lesson-studded path (many of which, I don’t learn the first time through). Every once in a while, I notice other people’s lives on similar trajectories.…

Avoiding Ambiguity in Publishing Contracts

Today’s #Publaw takes a look at the importance of avoiding ambiguity in publishing contracts. Many times, authors praise a publishing contract for being “short” or “easy to read” – but many dangers lurk in shortened or ambiguous contracts.  1. Short-form contracts may be missing important terms. Which ones? Many times, authors…

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