What motivates you as a writer?
I love stories (especially historical fiction) with a strong fact base. I also love being able to step into my favorite books, so I like to write about real places you can visit whether you are in Phoenix, Philadelphia, or Nagoya, Japan.
What types of books do you like to read?
Young adult books with diverse characters. Books with things I don't know anything about or places I've never been.
How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?
When I'm in an active creating period, I switch to nonfiction and/or watch more TV/movies.
PUBLISHER: Tor Teen, March 3, 2020
Every Reason We Shouldn't by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell.
Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.
Sixteen-year-old figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of trying to live up to expectations of being the daughter of Olympians Michael Kennedy and Midori Nakashima...until Jonah Choi starts training at her family's struggling rink.
Jonah's driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia's got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?
PUBLISHER: Tanabata Wishes Enterprises, LLC, 2018
After being pressed into service as a nurse, seventeen-year-old Virginia discovers her innate talent, begins a clandestine romance with her father's Italian assistant, and learns what it truly means to be a modern woman during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.
PUBLISHER: Tanabata Wishes Enterprises, LLC, 2017
Phoenix-native Skyler Doucet's plans with her BFF are ruined when her mom and Japanese stepfather move the entire family to Nagoya, Japan for the summer before her senior year. But when David Takamatsu, a biracial Japanese-American boy, invades Skyler's space (and her heart), this fish out of water in Japan starts to wonder if it's the pond back home that might be too small.
every reason we shouldn't
"Sure to take the gold." - KIRKUS
“This book is like a warm hug filled with all the things I love. I started smiling from page one and couldn’t put it down.”
- COURTNEY MILAN
“Whether your first ice skating romance was The Cutting Edge or Yuri!!! On Ice, you will absolutely love this book. Full of complicated family relationships, sparkling friendships, and a completely delicious romance, Every Reason We Shouldn’t is an uplifting love song to everyone who’s ever lost their way, and then had the courage to find it again.”
author of Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
"I'm not even sure what to say about this book. It's wonderful. There is something about Sara Fujimura's writing that draws you in from the first page. Yes, from that first page that is only half full of words. I'm serious. I've read all of this author's books, and would read her shopping lists if she published them."
I read this straight through, much too late into the night, and I am completely delighted.
-LISSA, Goodreads Review
"I loved this story. There's not a single part of this that I didn't enjoy. The gradual chemistry and the friendship that these two competitive and athletic individuals found with each other made this one relatable."