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 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, and her hotly anticipated graphic novel Shadow of the Batgirl is coming out in early 2020 from DC Comics. 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!
Sarah’s YA debut, the Japan-set romantic comedy I Love You So Mochi, came out in summer 2019 and is a Junior Library Guild selection and a nominee for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Additionally, she is currently working on a YA graphic novel about Batgirl Cassandra Cain (with artist Nicole Goux) for DC Comics called Shadow of the Batgirl, and a middle grade graphic novel about the Archie Comics gang (with artist J. Bone) called The Riverdale Diaries: Hello, Betty! for Little Bee Books, both set to debut in 2020.
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!
Other projects include 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.
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.