*Intro music plays as the shows host, Tabi Slick, enters the stage*

Tabi (Host): Who’s ready for Season 3 of Interviews With The Stars?

*The studio fills with cheers from the audience as they applaud. Intro music ends.*

Tabi: I’d like to thank SWC for providing us a space to meet new characters from all over the book world and big thank you to all of you in the audience for joining in.

*The applause dies down as the audience members take their seats.*

Tabi: Today we are joined by a strong woman who lives in a post-apocalyptic world, please put your hands together for Ruby!

*Ruby enters the stage wearing a black-hooded cape. She takes a seat in one of the two arm chairs at center stage.*

Tabi: Thank you so much for joining us today, Ruby.

Ruby: My pleasure, but I don’t have too long. The Ghetto Fox’s work is never done!

Tabi: So, Ruby, tell us about the city you’re from in this post-apocalyptic world. What is it like?

Ruby: I wouldn’t call it a very nice place. The whole Ghetto is crumbling and filled with sweepers, gangs, bounty hunters, and slave traders. But I still hold my own.

Tabi: Slave traders, really?

Ruby: Yes. Girls are hunted as prey. Then bought and sold like disposable items. That is why I am determined to survive the Ghetto. And escape the Hub.

Tabi: And what’s stopping you?

Ruby: For a while, I was able to hide, but I was betrayed, which led to me getting captured by the roughest gang.

Tabi: Wow, that’s horrible. And do you know who betrayed you?

Ruby: *shadow darkens my face* Someone very close to me. I don’t like to talk about him.

Tabi: Earlier you mentioned this city had sweepers. What are they and what do they do?

Ruby: Everyone calls them sweepers because they sweep girls up in raids and sweep the Ghetto streets for any signs of them.

Tabi: Do you have a best friend? If so, who are they and what brought you two together?

Ruby: Ink. He’s been with me for two years. Got in a jam one day with a bunch of coyotes and he helped me out. I have this thing about life debts. Not that I could get rid of him either way.

Tabi: We are just about out of time, but I have one last question for you. What do you hope people will gain from reading your story?

Ruby: I hope they recognize how no matter what, human beings should never be bought and sold. And not everything is cut and dry. Too many think girls are selling themselves because it’s their choice, but it isn’t. Even for ones who say it is, it’s only because that world has been created for them and they don’t know of any other. But no girl or boy deserves to be treated like an object.

Tabi: So true. I wish you all the best in your pursuit for freedom. It has been wonderful to chat with you this evening. Thank you so much for travelling all this way to come visit with us.

Ruby *dons her hood*: You’re welcome.

*The audience cheers as Ruby and Tabi stand to leave.*

Tabi: Don’t forget to stop by next Monday to see who’ll be visiting us next on Interviews With The Stars. Have a great night everyone!


Ruby In The Rough
Published March, 2017

In the Ghetto, girls are the new currency. For four years, Ruby has escaped the gangs and sweepers hunting her. Until now…

For the past four years, Ruby has lived in what was once a sprawling city of business and commerce. Now, it is the Ghetto; its main commerce exists in the form of females. Whether breeders, laborers, gang girls, or sex slaves, the Ghetto features any and every service with the Hotel as its central area of business. Thanks to her roof-topping skills and street smarts, which have made her impossible to catch, Ruby has made the Ghetto’s most-wanted list. Fortunately, she has one ally: a young man named Ink, the one man determined not to sell her. Unlike Ruby, Ink has no desire to leave the Ghetto, but she owes him a life debt and is trapped as much by her honor as by the soldiers patrolling the only exits out of the city.

Whether scavenging for food or holing up in an abandoned clock tower, Ruby and Ink remain unlikely partners until their home in an abandoned train yard is discovered. While Ink escapes, Ruby is captured by the roughest gang in the Ghetto. All too soon, Ruby learns she is bound for the Hotel where she will be used up piece by piece until there is nothing left. Unless she can escape and get the target off her back once and for all.

A haunting tale with themes of modern day slavery, Ruby in the Rough is certain to keep readers turning pages and ready to rise up with its call to action.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations: Breaking Free and Women at Risk, International. This summer she will be debuting her first contemporary novel as well as re-releasing her paranormal series in the fall: Roseblood

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