Yume is pronounced like "you-meh"
Kitasei is pronounced like "kee-tah-say"
The main character in THE DEEP SKY is named Asuka, which is pronounced "Ah-soo-kah," but don't linger on the middle syllable!
Yume Kitasei (www.yumekitasei.com) is the author of The Deep Sky. She is half Japanese and half American and grew up in a space between two cultures—the same space where her stories reside. She lives in Brooklyn with two cats, Boondoggle and Filibuster. Her stories have appeared in publications including New England Review, Catapult, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Baltimore Review. The Stardust Grail is her second novel (out June 2024). She chirps occasionally @Yumewrites at Instagram, TikTok, and Blue Sky.