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 hours in my law office writing – or editing, which in my case makes up the bulk of my “writing” time. I love my office. This is the view from my desk:
Yes, those are dragon-headed Chinese chairs.
No, they don’t usually bite.
My home-office inhabitants, however, have been known to nibble me now and again.
At home I write from my combination office-libary-reef. (And like Deb Kelly, I seldom wear pants – or shoes – when writing. If I’m home, I’m probably barefoot and in shorts.) The desk faces a window that looks out onto my rose garden.
Our smallest cat, Oobie, likes to help. Sometimes more effectively than others.
When I’m writing, she also keeps an eye on the 60 gallon salt-water reef and seahorse tank that sits to the right of my desk.
I spell “distraction” S-E-A-H-O-R-S-E. (More on that next week, when our topic shifts to “When I’m not writing…”)
I’m a publishing lawyer who writes mystery novels and raises seahorses. In other words, “strange and easily distracted.”
My ninja detective, Hiro Hattori, has a kitten who’s more than loosely based on little Oobie – though I’ll leave that kitten’s name a surprise until the book debut. The novel’s title, Claws of the Cat, isn’t based on cats, however. It hints at something more ninja-related … you’ll have to stay tuned for the story behind the name.
I’m thrilled to be part of the Debutante Class of 2013, and looking forward to a fantastic year of blogging here at the Ball. You’ll want to come back daily, because my fellow Debutantes – Dana, Amy, Kerry and Kelly – are among the most fun and talented authors around. I’m honored and flattered to be included with such a great group of ladies. We’ll do our best to make every day a dance you don’t want to miss!
And now, I’d love to hear something more about you! Are you a writer? Where do you write? If not, who’s your favorite detective (book or film)? Hop into the comments and let me know!