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 Spot–and Avoid–Predatory “Pay to Play” Publishing Contracts

Scammers flourish in places where art and business intersect, because too many artists (including writers) don’t learn to protect themselves and their rights. The best way to protect yourself as an author is to learn as much as possible about the publishing industry, including how to identify the warning signs of predatory publishing deals.…

Tokyo Ueno Hotel – and the Joy of Japanese Hotel Toiletries

Travelers in Japan have an enormous range of options when it comes to overnight stays. Western hotels are everywhere – and that term includes not only “familiar” Western chains like Hilton and Marriott, but Japanese chains of Western-style hotels like Daiwa Roynet, which I actually prefer to their “truly Western” counterparts.…

Traditional Japanese Cakes (and Temple Approaches)

The approaches to many of Japan’s Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are lined with vendors selling a variety of edible and non-edible treats. When visiting holy sites, I often forego breakfast (or lunch, if I’m heading over at mid-day) to ensure I have room to sample the delicious, traditional treats on offer.…

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