Young adult author

creative writing Teacher

​literacy advocate

Sara Fujimura


I was so honored to be part of the 2013/2014

SCBWI-Nevada Mentor Program. I was paired with the delightful Tera Lynn Childs [OH. MY. GODS., FORGIVE MY FINS, SWEET VENOM, POWERLESS] who helped me take my writing to a whole different level. Though Tera Lynn and I worked mostly via email, the mentor program also included two incredible writing retreats. It was definitely worth every penny, and I highly recommend it.

If you want to apply for this fantastic program (or another SCBWI mentor program), go to the SCBWI website

This tree at our Lake Tahoe retreat reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain.

2017 Short Screenplay Winner

COPA Shorts Film Festival

Kitsune Mask

When biracial, futuristic police officer Jay Yoshikawa

went to Japan to pay her respects to her deceased

grandparents, she didn’t intend to bring home the

family’s secret and unleash it on the citizens of San

Francisco. Now, this highly-trained cop must release

her control to a yokai-fighting, nine-tailed fox entity

to become Kitsune Mask and defeat the soul-sucking

ice demon Yuki-Onna (Snow Woman) before she takes

the lives of Jay’s best friend and her love interest. 

2nd place in the Contemporary Young Adult Category

YARWA's 3rd Annual Rosemary Contest for Excellence in YA and NA Fiction

Phoenix on Ice

Finalist in the Children's/YA Division
San Francisco Writers Conference
Phoenix on Ice

Finalist in the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
The Spotted Crane Summer

Finalist in the Kimberly Colen Grant Competition
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Peach Pits, Pantaloons, and the Purple Plague's Write It Now: Shorts Competition
2nd place, Young Adult division
Whispers from the Desert's Write It Now: Shorts Competition
2nd place, Young Readers division
Moon Ranger 7