Welcome to Character Scoop
with Foni Neus.
“Getting to the bottom of the book – One character at a Time.”


Foni Neus


Today we’re talking to a couple of the characters that live within Saewod Tice’s debut Y/A dystopian book, Amongst the Ruins.  In fact, we will be chatting with Shilo’s older siblings:  Oldest of the three, Adley, and the middle child, Mazy.



Saewod Tour Button Interviewer:  Adley, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today.

Adley:  It’s my pleasure to be here.

Interviewer:  Tell us a bit about Adley.

Adley:  *clears throat*  Well, um, I’m the oldest of my siblings.  Mazy and I share the same father, while with Shilo only my mother.

Interviewer:  How does Shilo’s origin impact your family?

Adley:  We love her no differently.

Interviewer:  Of course you do, but it has to cause a strain at times.

Adley:  Well, perhaps it has brought a bit of strain.  I mean, mother wouldn’t have needed to keep us on the run if we hadn’t been in hiding.

Interviewer:  So, your saying that if Shilo had never been born…

Adley:  What?!  No, of course not.  It’s not Shilo’s fault.  She had no control over how she was conceived or who her father is.

Interviewer:  I see.  Your mother brought the burden upon you.  Interesting.

Adley:  Wait, that’s not what I meant!

Interviewer:  It’s quite alright Adley.  You can speak freely here.

Adley:  You’re twisting my words.

Interviewer:  Oh, look at that, we’re out of time.  I don’t mean to rush you along, but I do have others to interview.  Thank you so much for your time. It was a pleasure to speak with you.

The chair screeches against the floor at Adley’s rough departure.


ATR BC Interviewer:  Oh, my dear, it is such a pleasure to have you here. Please take a seat.

Mazy:  I heard the way you twisted my brother’s words.  Don’t try that with me.

Interviewer:  I’m sorry if you got the wrong impression.  I assure you I meant no harm.

Mazy:  We’ll see.

Interviewer:  So, tell us about Shilo’s big sister.  Were you and Shilo always close sisters?

Mazy:  We were close, though the older she got the closer we became.

Interviewer:  Would that have anything to do with the fact that your lives were always on the run?

Mazy:    Maybe part of it.  It was hard to be like other sisters when you carried your home on your back and in a wagon.

Interviewer:  And it was out of fear for Shilo that kept you on the move, correct?

Mazy:   I know what you’re trying to do.  It was simply our life, to be on the move. For the safety of us all.

Interviewer:   Because your mother ran off with a prominent man’s baby.

Mazy:    He was an awful man!

Interviewer:  But no less he is still Shilo’s father.

Mazy:    That man is just as horrible as he was when he –

Interviewer:   Now, now, dear, we don’t want to spoil the plot, do we?

Mazy:   growls

Interviewer:  As a young woman constantly on the move, it must have been wonderful to finally settle at the facility.

Mazy:    At first it was a bit overwhelming and scary, but as time passed it became our home.

Interviewer:  At the facility, how did you feel about being around so many men at once?

Mazy:    We were kept pretty secure for a long time, but eventually, once everyone was more used to our presence, it wasn’t as much of a big deal.

Interviewer:  You’re a very attractive young woman.

Mazy:    Th-thank you.

Interviewer:  How many boyfriends did you have at the facility?

Mazy:   What? No, I never…

Interviewer:   Come now, an attractive and experienced girl such as yourself must have had a few admirers. Surely, Shilo isn’t the only one to have been sought after.

Mazy:    My focus wasn’t on admirers, regardless of my…experience.

Interviewer:  Oh, I’m sorry.  I didn’t mean to offend.  I simply thought that you would have admirers like Shilo, but perhaps she was the only one who garnered any interest from the male population.

Mazy:    Wait a second –

Interviewer:   Though, you do have a couple of moments with Petar, do you not?

Mazy:    We’re friendly, but there’s nothing more than friendship.

Interviewer:   With benefits?

Mazy:    Of course, friendship has benefits, but I don’t understand what you’re implying.

Interviewer:  I meant… Oh darn, looks like we are out of time.  Mazy, thank you so much for chatting with me.  I hope to do this again soon.

Mazy:   Yes, of course.  Warily stands and walks away.



Well, folks, it just goes to show how deep a person can hide their true feelings – even toward their own family.  And we only just broke the surface with them as we ran out of time.  But it’s okay, because I’ll get to the bottom of the book – one character at a time.

Until next time….


Learn more about Adley and Mazy at www.thechroniclesof2020.webs.com.

Check out author Saewod Tice at www.saewod.webs.com.

Get your copy of Amongst the Ruins @ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amongst-Ruins-Chronicles-2020-ebook/dp/B005OZIIVE/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_3

Twitter:  @saewodtice

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Synopsis: In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth’s population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.

With the collapse of modern society, the population has regressed into eight clans.

Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult.

Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.

Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan–an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her.

One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.



ST Picture About The Author: Saewod Tice lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. A self-proclaimed foul mouthed, book nerd who loves reading genres ranging from Young Adult to Horror to Erotica.

To escape the structured, methodical confines of her day job, she delves into her overzealous imagination producing dystopian worlds and romances. When not writing or spending time with her family, she embraces her Computer Geekdom through the internet. Including being a member of Writing.com, TextNovel writing forums, and RWC group.

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