Short Bio: Sarah Kuhn is the author of the popular Heroine Complex novels—a series starring Asian American superheroines. The first book is a Locus bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016. Her YA debut, the beloved Japan-set romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, is a Junior Library Guild selection and a nominee for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. She has also penned a variety of short fiction and comics, including the critically acclaimed graphic novel Shadow of the Batgirl for DC Comics and the Star Wars audiobook original Doctor Aphra. Her newest novel, From Little Tokyo, With Love—a modern fairy tale with a half-Japanese heroine—is due out in May 2021. Additionally, she was a finalist for both the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. A third generation Japanese American, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and an overflowing closet of vintage treasures.
Long Bio: Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a popular series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books (Penguin/Random House).
Pitched as “The Devil Wears Prada with superheroes,” the first book chronicles the adventures of Evie Tanaka, a put-upon personal assistant who is forced to pose as her diva superhero boss and must embrace her own hidden talents in order to protect our world from a demonic invasion.
Also featured in this book: evil cupcakes, hot romance, and supernatural karaoke battles! Heroine Complex Book #1 is a Locus Bestseller, an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee for Best Urban Fantasy, and one of the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog’s Best Books of 2016! You can learn more, check out buy links and praise, and read an excerpt right here! And check out the exclusive cover reveal on io9!
Book #2 in the series, Heroine Worship, is an Amazon Best Book of the Month, a Book Riot pick for Best Books We Read in May, a Den of Geek Summer Reading Pick, a Ripped Bodice Best Book of the Year, and a nominee for RT’s Seal of Excellence. Check out the cover reveal on Barnes & Noble’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Blog!
The adventure continues with Book #3, Heroine’s Journey, and the novella Unsung Heroine—and a whole new trilogy kicked off in 2020 with Haunted Heroine! The latest book in the series, Hollywood Heroine, releases in July 2021.
Sarah’s YA debut, the Japan-set romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, came out in summer 2019 from Scholastic and is a Junior Library Guild selection and a nominee for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her newest novel, From Little Tokyo, With Love—a modern fairy tale with a half-Japanese heroine—is due out in May 2021 from Viking Books/Penguin Random House.
Sarah is also an in demand writer for licensed work. Her DC Comics YA graphic novel about Batgirl Cassandra Cain (with artist Nicole Goux), Shadow of the Batgirl, graced many Best of 2020 lists, including Nerdist, The AV Club, Den of Geek, and more. Her Star Wars audiobook original, Doctor Aphra, will be released as a hardcover in 2021. She is also writing a middle grade graphic novel series about the Archie Comics gang (with artist J. Bone) for Little Bee Books. The first volume, The Riverdale Diaries: Hello, Betty!, came out in 2020.
Other projects include a short in the upcoming DC anthology Wonderful Women of History about actress Keiko Agena (with artist Lynne Yoshii), The Ruby Equation (with artist Sally Jane Thompson) for the Eisner-nominated romance comics anthology Fresh Romance, a story for the anthology series Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions (with artist Siobhan Keenan) for IDW, a comic book continuation of the cult classic movie Clueless (with co-writer Amber Benson and artist Siobhan Keenan) for Boom! Studios, and a series of Barbie comics (with artists Alitha Martinez and Yishan Li) for Papercutz.
Sarah also wrote the geek girl romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which has been dubbed “Pride and Prejudice at Comic-Con.” One Con Glory earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Learn more about One Con Glory here!
Additionally, she has written personal essays on Sailor Moon cosplay, Asian American representation, and geek girl culture for The Toast, Uncanny Magazine, The Mary Sue, Apex Magazine, AngryAsianMan.com, Syfy Fangrrls, and the Hugo-nominated anthology Chicks Dig Comics. A longtime entertainment journalist, her articles on everything from Oscar season to Vulcan mating rituals have appeared in Back Stage, Geek Monthly, IGN.com, The Hollywood Reporter, StarTrek.com, Creative Screenwriting, and The Oakland Tribune.
Sarah has been featured as a guest speaker/panelist at such events as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic-Con, YALLWEST, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Asian American Comic-Con, Santa Monica Public Library’s “Women to Watch Out For,” the California Library Association Conference, WonderCon, and GeekGirlCon.
Additionally, she was a finalist for both the CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Award and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. A third generation Japanese American, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and an overflowing closet of vintage treasures.
Email Sarah or find her on Twitter and Instagram. If you are press interested in covering Heroine Complex, please contact Alexis Nixon. If you are press interested in covering From Little Tokyo, With Love, please contact Tessa Meischeid. If you are press interested in covering Doctor Aphra, please contact Lauren Kretzschmar. For work, blurb, and other professional inquiries, please contact Sarah’s agent, Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.
Cupcake art by Sina Grace. Superheroine art by Paul Horn. Banner design by Jeff Chen. Headshot by CapozKnows Photography.