Deb Susan’s Pumpkins Have Adjustment Issues

I’m aware the “creepy Halloween” posts don’t technically come along for a couple of weeks, but when I think of autumn my thoughts will always turn to Halloween and my son. I’ve always loved the time of year when pumpkins return to the markets, pumpkin seeds toast in the oven, and jack-o-lanterns can take their place on the porch without weirding out the neighbors (much…) My childhood autumns were filled…

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Deb Susan is Surprised by Ninja Turkeys

Let me begin by saying I don’t live in the country. My house lies in a fully residential suburb of Sacramento, California – sidewalks, urban sprawl, you get the idea. Which is why it came as such a surprise one evening when my son looked out the window and said, “Mom … there are turkeys in the yard.” “Real turkeys?”  I asked. “As in – birds?” (I thought maybe he…

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How Deb Susan Found Her Tribe

On August 2, 2010, literary agent and Query Shark Janet Reid blogged a recommendation for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference. Although the conference was then only a month away, I decided to see if I could still register. Registration was open. I went to Colorado (on very short notice!) – and what I found there surprised and delighted me. At the time I was writing historical fiction, and…

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deb Susan Belongs in a Punitentiary

When the topic turns to humor, I must confess a deep and all-consuming love for the pun. One of my all-time favorite games involves punning back and forth with someone else until one of us loses the ability to add a new pun to the chain or bursts out laughing. Fortunately, I’m lucky enough to have several close friends and family members who not only appreciate but enjoy this particular…

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Deb Susan was Attacked by Ninjas

The inspiration for the Shinobi Mysteries hit me unexpectedly, in late spring 2012 2011.** I had just finished my fourth historical manuscript (not realizing that it and its three companions would soon become my “trunk manuscript collection”) and had no idea what I should be writing next. One morning, as I stood at the bathroom mirror putting on makeup in preparation for work, a voice in my head said “Most…

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Deb Susan’s Gone Fishing

In keeping with this week’s “when I’m not writing” theme, I’m taking you … under the sea. A little sea. (Sea minor?) This one, to be exact: As I mentioned last week, I have a sixty gallon marine aquarium just to the right of my writing desk and I spend far more time watching (and photographing, and tweeting about) it than I’ll admit. Let’s just say “it’s a lot” and…

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Deb Susan Writes With Dragons and Seahorses

Hello from sunny (and currently far-too-hot) Northern California! I’m Deb Susan, and I’m at the ball because I was attacked by ninjas. (Well, one ninja – and he’s fictitious – but I digress.) Although my Shinobi mystery series is set in 16th century Japan, I write in two very different (and much more mundane) places. On days when I finish the clients’ work before quitting time, I spend the remaining…

Thursday, September 6, 2012