Educating Readers Through Authoring a Book

Susan Norris is on a mission to eradicate sex trafficking in the United States. Using her voice for hope, she began her mission by educating others as an international speaker. She never imagined that putting her words down in writing would be something she would do. Then, she started blogging and new opportunities arose to reach even more people through writing.

Increasing Her Reach

Norris was beginning to hear upsetting stories of 9-year-old children being trafficked in her own quiet suburb outside of Atlanta. She knew she needed to do more to spread awareness so she began to write her debut novel, Rescuing Hope.

After countless hours of researching and writing Rescuing Hope, Norris decided to self-publish with iUniverse using our Bookstore Premier Pro publishing package. By self-publishing with iUniverse, Norris was able to put her message in a book in hopes of educating readers and inspiring them to take a stand.

Susan has been named the southeastern U.S. spokesperson for “Caged No More,” a new feature film created to raise awareness of human trafficking. Starring Kevin Sorbo, Alan Powell, Cassidy Gifford and Emmy Award–winning actress Loretta Devine, the film debuts in theaters nationwide on January 22, 2016.

Interview with Susan Norris


Susan Norris talks about her experiences as a self-published author.

Calling others to act through her words

"When I learned the statistics about children in the sex trafficking industry in the United States of America, I realized that something had to be done. And it was important to write Rescuing Hope to inform people that over 100,000 children are trafficked in our nation every year." Through the story Rescuing Hope, Norris gives the victims of sex trafficking a voice and creates a catalyst for action from others.

To learn more about Norris' cause, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. You can also "like" her on Facebook or become a fan of her on Goodreads.

Terry Hawkins

"If I could share just one piece of information to prevent one child from falling victim, it would be worth the effort." – Susan Norris

Rescuing HopeAbout the Book

At 14, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life - until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one man returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life.


"Susan Norris captured my attention and my heart from the very first pages of Rescuing Hope. I was drawn so deeply into the story, I couldn't put it down! Full of heartbreak and redemption, this eye-opening, true-to-life novel will not only hold your attention but it will educate you and motivate you to action in the process." - Annie Downs, author of Perfectly Unique (Zondervan, 2012) and Girls of Grace speaker

Book Reviews

“A phenomenal tale of a very scary situation that is growing and changing the lives of our young children. Makes one ready to step up and make this STOP.” Continue reading »

Rescuing Hope is an incredible book that accurately depicts the life of a child sex trafficking victim in the United States. The book captures your attention as you follow the story of Hope, a young girl based on countless interviews the author conducted herself” Continue reading »

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