Ilie Ruby is the author of The Language of Trees and The Salt God’s Daughter. Prior to publishing The Salt God’s Daughter, Ruby was a teacher in Long Beach, CA – the novel’s setting. She is the recipient of the Edwin L. Moses Award for Fiction, chosen by T.C. Boyle, a Kerr Foundation Scholarship, the Phi Kappa Phi Award for Creative Achievement in Fiction, and the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference Davidoff Scholarship. Ruby is the mother of three children from Ethopia.