Talk like a shinobi … and I will too!

I’m delighted to be speaking at the Historical Novel Society Conference June 21-23 in St. Petersburg, Florida, as part of a panel called, “Four Xs–and a Y–Mark the Spot: Exploring the Hidden Treasures of Historical Mystery.” Here’s a little more about it:

Historical settings offer a vibrant backdrop for mysteries. Learn how the proper setting becomes a character in itself, pick up hints for selecting your sleuth, and investigate the intriguing details … all without losing the action—or your readers—in the process. Join mystery authors Annamaria Alfieri, (,  Anne Perry (, Frederick Ramsay (, Judith Rock (, and Susan Spann ( as they seek out the clues to spicing up history with mystery!

In preparation for the conference, the Historical Novel Society is featuring blog interviews with the panelists. My own interview appeared yesterday at the blog of Kim Rendfeld, author of the recent historical novel THE CROSS AND THE DRAGON. (Some of you may recognize Kim’s name – I previously had the honor of interviewing her here at Spann of Time.)

In other, not-quite-related news, we’ve started rolling out the extra content for CLAWS OF THE CAT here on the Spann of Time website! The “Talk like a shinobi” glossary – with definitions of Japanese terms that appear in CLAWS OF THE CAT – is live today! You can get there from my website’s homepage by clicking “Enter the World of Shinobi” and then following the link to “Talk like a Ninja.

Lots of exciting things on the horizon – I look forward to sharing all the fun with you!

Are you attending the HNS conference in St. Petersburg? Or another writing conference this summer? I’d love to hear which conference is your favorite in the comments!