Sara the Newspaper Club Writer, circa 1988

​Photo by Chris Akers

About Me

Photo by Valerie Thomas

I'm the American half of our Japanese-American family. I spend about a month each summer at my in-laws’ house in rural Japan with my teen-aged children. So it will be no surprise that I’ve written about Japanese culture and raising bicultural kids for such magazines as APPLESEEDS, LEARNING THROUGH HISTORY, EAST WEST, RAISING ARIZONA KIDS, and MOTHERING, as well as, writing travel-related articles for the book TO JAPAN WITH LOVE. In April 2017, I released my first YA contemporary novel TANABATA WISH, which is (no surprise) set in Japan. I have been a professional freelance writer and creative writing teacher for over a decade. Along with school visits, I have done presentations for SCBWI-Arizona, SCBWI-Japan, Girl Scouts, Desert Rose Chapter RWA, ONEBOOKAZ, TechPHX, Phoenix Comicon, and at several anime/manga/Japanese culture conventions. I'm passionate about literacy and supporting the next generation of writers. I'm proud to be the organizer of Rock the Drop-Phoenix, a guerrilla literacy event to support YALSA’s Teen Read Week.

A Few of My Favorite Things:

  • Volunteering with my favorite literacy charity Kids Need to Read
  • Mentoring the young women who were part of my Girl Scout troop for a decade
  • Puttering around in my Bullet Journal
  • Watching Korean Dramas, Japanese shows, and (my guilty pleasure) all the DC Universe shows on CW 
  • Singing karaoke
  • Traveling nationally and internationally with my family
  • Taking long naps
  • Tea parties with foo-foo foods 
  • Yin Yoga
  • Photography (all the non-credited pictures are mine)
  • Marathon Skype sessions with Wonder Twin

Sara the Writer, today

​Photo by Valerie Thomas

Young adult author

creative writing Teacher

​literacy advocate

Sara Fujimura