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DMZ censors Sunyi Dean!

Sunyi Dean: a dark haired bi racial woman in her 30s wearing a striped top in front of damask wallpaper

In this podcast Nalini Haynes talks to Sunyi Dean, author of The Book Eaters.

Sunyi Dean is a biracial fantasy author who was born in Texas, grew up in Hong Kong, and now resides in the UK. She writes speculative fiction with a weird slant, and has both too many books and too many children.

Her highschool was originally a mission house built on the edge of the Walled City before it was torn down, and her grandparents lived in Hong Kong through both World Wars.

The Book Eaters is a new take on vampires with inspiration from various cultures. Dean also examines motherhood, monsters, becoming a monster and difference within the pages of this riveting stand-alone novel.

In this podcast she talks about the Book Eaters, why it’s a stand alone story, and her inspirations.

Sunyi Dean also talks about various editions of the Book Eaters. Including the Waterstones version, which has – ahem – an epilogue as an extra chapter for their special edition. In the recording of the podcast Sunyi disclosed epic spoilers!!! So we did you all a favor and edited out – CENSORED – the spoilers.

Find Sunyi Dean

You can find Sunyi Dean on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

Thank you card

Thank you to Sunyi Dean: a card styled like a cupboard with books, a potion, cobweb and spider inside

Google decrees that you’re not an expert in your own content unless you include your own images in blog posts. Between rants and teeth grinding, I’m making my own images.

This card was a learning process.

sunyi dean's thank you card: closed

This is the closed card. The top flips up to reveal the “thank you” sentiment in Times New Roman or a similar font. The doors open to reveal books and a potion because I decree this is a Book Eater pantry.

In the future I think I’ll just make cards similar in gatefold (two sides open to reveal the middle) style instead of with the added top fold. I regret putting the potion in: in hindsight, I don’t think it really fits other than as a reference to Dean’s story. And I had enormous trouble getting the “floating” books to fit and float without tearing the card. Next time I’ll do something different, either use a different type of acetate or use card and try to color it to match the background.

It was a learning experience. I enjoyed the challenge and I enjoyed making something for an author whose book I enjoyed so much.

Thank you

Thanks for reading this far down and, hopefully, for listening to the podcast. I love Sunyi’s book, enjoyed chatting with her and hope you enjoy the book and podcast too. Stay safe!

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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