A mission to the future... Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs (2016 Debut Authors Bash Author Interview & Giveaway) #16DABash


Welcome to my stop for the 2016 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads. You can check out the full schedule here. I'm interviewing author Elizabeth Briggs today, so check that out below...

Future ShockFuture Shock
(Future Shock #1)
by Elizabeth Briggs
YA SciFi, Time Travel
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 272 Pages
April 1st 2016 by Aw Teen

Summary

What do you do when the future is too late, and the present is counting down to an inevitable moment?

Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits—Adam, Chris, Trent, and Zoe—Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. It’s an offer Elena can’t refuse.

But something goes wrong when the time travelers arrive in the future. And they are forced to break the only rule they were given—not to 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—and a murder—from happening. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life?

The first book in an unforgettable series about rewriting your destiny in the city of dreams.

   
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Author Interview

Welcome to my blog today, Elizabeth! Future Shock has been on my tbr for a while now, so I'm glad to get to ask you about it. Let's jump right in...

1. Would you tell us just a little about the characters in Future Shock?


Future Shock is about five teens—four in foster care—who each have special skills and are sent on a time travel mission to the future. Elena, the main character, has an eidetic memory but also gets into fights a lot. She clashes with Chris, a mechanic and soon to be teenage dad, and Trent, a homeless kid with a penchant for stealing and breaking into places. She also meets Zoe, a shy, quiet artist, and Adam, a geeky cute genius with secrets of his own. Together, the five teens have to overcome their differences and work together to solve a mystery and get back to the present alive.

2. Did you get to research any fun or interesting facts for the book?

I did a lot of research on what kind of technology we might have in the future, such as self-driving cars. The most interesting thing was that they are already legal in some states!

You know, I've actually heard about those and how they have been talking about making it so on freeways you enter in your exit and the car drives for you, which means no speeding, no accidents, etc. Don't know that I like not being in control though...

3. What was your favorite part of writing the story?


It’s a tie between writing the kissing scenes and the action scenes… I love them both!


I would say, "Do tell!", but I'll have to read it to find out. ;)

4. Would you want to live in a futuristic world and if so, what do you think you would like the most?


Definitely – I would love to play with all the technology. Plus, I think the world gets more tolerant over time, so I am generally optimistic about the future.

I like your outlook!


5. If you could time travel, would you change anything?

No, I would be so scared that if I changed anything I would mess up my timeline and make it worse. Maybe if I changed one small thing I would never write a book or meet my husband – who knows?

I feel exactly the same way. I don't want that control.

6. Did it feel different to write a book in the YA genre versus your previous adult series?


Funny enough, I actually wrote Future Shock before I wrote my adult series! For me, the main difference is with the issues and challenges the characters face due to their age. Both NA and YA focus on a time of transition and change, where characters are starting to figure out who they want to be for the rest of their lives—which is why I love writing both!


That's why I like reading in the genre too.

7. What are some of your favorite books?


It’s so tough to narrow it down, so I’ll list some of my favorite YA sci-fi books: Cinder, Across the Universe, The Abyss Surrounds Us, These Broken Stars, Loop, and All Our Yesterdays.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #1)
These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Loop (Loop #1) All Our Yesterdays

Great choices!

8. What are you most looking forward to reading this year?


I got to read an ARC of Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst and it’s amazing. I’m also really looking forward to Timekeeper by Tara Sim.

Of Fire and Stars Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1)
The first is on my tbr, but the second I haven't seen yet - until now.

9. What do you like most about being an author?


Talking to readers! I love hearing that someone enjoyed my book! I also love that I can read books, watch TV, or travel to fun places and call it work.

My ideal life... ;)

10. What do you totally fan out over?


Star Wars! I have so many Star Wars things around my house, including clothes, sunglasses, mugs, necklaces, purses, stuffed animals, dog toys, ice cube trays…you get the idea. It’s an obsession. I’m also a huge Legend of Korra/Avatar The Last Airbender fangirl.


I fan out over SW too and we've seen the entire Avatar series and movie, so I think you're in good company.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Elizabeth!

About the Author


Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She's the author of the young adult time travel thriller Future Shock and the sequel Future Threat, along with the Chasing The Dream adult romance series. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.


Giveaway

1 Kindle copy (gifted through Amazon) of Future Shock
Open internationally as long as can receive copy
Ends June 30th

This giveaway is not sponsored by the author or publisher, but by Wishful Endings. Must be able to receive the Kindle ebook through one of Amazon's branches (US, CAN, UK, etc.). Must be at least 13 years old to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Please ensure that you correctly enter your email (and check your junk mail folder if I'm not on your contact list) so that I have a way to contact you. You can read my giveaway policy on my policies page. Void where prohibited by law. Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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