April 5, 2016

Happy release day (well, week) to Elizabeth Briggs. The ebook for FUTURE SHOCK drops today!

Congrats to Liz on the release of her book! It actually came out on April 1st, but the e-book is coming out today. Future Shock is a tense and inventive science fiction thriller in which five teens race to avert a future that they should never have seen.

The Story
Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life--or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can't say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she'll be set for life.

Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive in the future, something goes wrong and they break the only rule they were given: do not look into their own fates.

Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.

The Reviews
"FUTURE SHOCK is suspenseful, engaging and highly recommended for fans of YA romance, time-travel romance and sci-fi romance." 
--USA Today

"Briggs crafts a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise." 
--Publisher's Weekly

“Buckle up–FUTURE SHOCK is a full-throttle thrill ride of a murder mystery. With twists at every turn, Elizabeth Briggs will keep you guessing until the very last page.” '
--Karen Akins, author of LOOP and TWIST

"An intriguing take on time travel gone awry that is destined for wide appeal." 
--ALA Booklist

The Interview
Q: Where did you get the inspiration for your book?
Years ago I watched a program with Stephen Hawking where he stated that time travel to the past is probably not possible for various reasons, but time travel to the future is possible, because time slows down when things move at a speed close to the speed of light. A day or so later, my agent (who was, funny enough, not my agent yet) asked on her blog, “Where you would go if you could travel anywhere in time (past, present, or future) or space?” I decided I'd go to the future to see the world and to check in on myself, and then I wondered– what if I discovered something horrible had happened to me? Would I try to change it? Could I?

Q: Describe your writing process, from idea to final draft.

When I decide I'm going to write a book from one of my ideas, I do a rough outline using the Save The Cat beat sheet. I flesh it out as much as possible, then draft it as fast as I can. I'm a big fan of the fast draft because I don't know the whole story until I get it all down on the page. Then I do an extensive revision and rewrite, usually adding 10-20k words, and send that draft to my critique partners. I do another round of revision after that, and then I send it off to my agent or editor to see what they think and go from there.

Q: Tell us about your journey, from finding an agent to publication.
I got my agent with my 3rd book, but unfortunately it didn't sell, even after doing revisions for an editor at a major publisher. We then went on submission with my 4th book (Future Shock), but it seemed like that one wouldn't sell either. After two years on submission with two different books, I decided to write something completely different and self-publish it. My first new adult romance, More Than Music, came out in June 2014. A few months later, we received an offer on Future Shock, making me a hybrid author.

Q: Why would someone want to buy your book?
Future Shock is a fast-paced, twisty time travel thriller with a kick butt Latina heroine and a geeky cute love interest who has secrets of his own.

Q: What are your favorite books? What are you reading now?
My all-time favorite books are the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Right now I'm reading Starflight by Melissa Landers - it's like a YA Firefly and SO good.

Check out Future Shock on Amazon and on Goodreads