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Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

The podcast feed from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Authors with new books. Experts on editing, marketing, agent queries, managing your writing career. Traditional publishing. Independent publishing. All aspects of writing fiction. 

Mar 11, 2022

Susan Spann is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Hiro Hattori Novels featuring master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo, as well as Climb, a nonfiction chronicle of her quest to overcome cancer, break free from fear, and climb 100 Japanese mountains in a single year.

Susan's first novel, Claws of the Cat, was a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month and a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel. 

The eighth novel in the series, just released last month, is Fires of Edo.


When not writing, Susan travels across Japan, climbing mountains and sharing photographs of her adventures on her blog and social media. She also has a YouTube channel, where she shares videos about life, nature, and culture in Japan.

Susan was the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year and is a former president of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America. 

Find Susan online at her website (, on Facebook ( and on Instagram ( 

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