Susan Spann is a former attorney and the author of the Hiro Hattori mystery novels. She has a degree in Asian Studies from Tufts University and a lifelong love of Japanese history and culture. A California native, she is currently living in Tokyo and planning her next adventure.
"As a climber, people assume I'm drawn to adventure tales: the gritty, bloody, hang-it-off-the-edge type pursuits. However, what has become more interesting to me is the story of what I call a 'No Barriers Life' -that is, a life highlighted by a mindset of embracing and harnessing challenges to drive forward. Climb is a fabulous exemplar. Spann's journey is a tremendous reach into uncertainty amidst a cancer diagnosis, and ultimately her summits become a reward far more than the tops of the mountains she attains." -Erik Weihenmayer, mountaineer, best-selling author, and founder of No Barriers