This spring, Elizabeth Briggs makes her YA debut with science fiction time traveling mystery
, the first installment in a darkly thrilling new series.

Elena Martinez has spent most of her life in foster care, and with her 18th birthday fast approaching she’ll be out on the streets if she doesn’t come up with a plan for her future. Enter Aether Corporation, a tech giant looking for gifted kids to participate in a secret project, and Elena’s eidetic memory fits the bill. Elena soon finds herself in the future, alongside four other talented teens on a mission to bring back valuable data. However, the ragtag team quickly discovers that Aether wasn’t telling the whole truth, and Adam – the odd man out in their group of foster children – may know more about their mission than he claims. If they want to have a future, they’ll have to find a way to change the past.
Future Shock‘s diverse cast makes it a sci-fi standout in a genre that is overwhelmingly homogenous, giving it broad appeal to a wide range of readers. The clock ticking away in the corner of each page lends the story a sense of urgency – a grim reminder that time is rapidly running out for Elena and her friends. This twisted tale of cause and effectwill keep readers on the edge of their seats, as the teens struggle to overcome their differences and put their trust in each other if they hope to survive.
The paperback edition will be released August 2016, and Future Threat, book two in the series, hits shelves this fall.


1.Tell us a little about yourself and your background?I’m the author of FUTURE SHOCK, a YA time travel thriller, and I also write NA contemporary romances. I live in Los Angeles with my husband and three fluffy dogs and I’m a total geek who goes to as many comic conventions as possible. When I’m not writing or fangirling, I volunteer with a dog rescue group and mentor at-risk teens in writing.


2.Which writers inspire you?

This is a tough one because there are so many! When I was a kid, Michael Crichton inspired me to be a writer. More recently, Beth Revis, Karen Akins, Amy Tintera, Melissa Landers, and Amie Kaufman + Meagan Spooner inspired me to write YA sci-fi.


3.Give us an insight into your main character Elena. What makes her unique?

Elena has an eidetic memory, meaning she never forgets anything. She’s grown up in the foster care system after a tragic incident involving her parents and she’s very determined and resilient despite the struggles she’s faced in her past. In FUTURE SHOCK she’s about to turn eighteen and age out of the foster care system with no place to live, no job or college education lined up, and no hope for a future – until she’s offered a chance to change her fate.


4.What are you working on at the minute?

I just finished FUTURE THREAT, the sequel to FUTURE SHOCK, which features an all new time travel mystery and some of the characters from the first book!


5.How much research do you do for your novels?

For FUTURE SHOCK I did a lot of research on what scientists predicted might happen in the next 30 or so years, plus looked at things already in development and tried to think about how those technologies might be used. I also came up with some fun stuff on my own too!


6.When did you decide to become a writer?

When I was younger I wanted to be an FBI agent, but then I realized I can’t really handle blood, so now I write about that stuff instead! I was always a big reader and my grandfather was an author in Japan, so it seemed natural to become a writer myself. I spent many years working on first chapters but didn’t actually finish a book ‘til I did NaNoWriMo after I graduated from college.


7.Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured?

I work on business stuff in the morning (answering emails, doing interviews, etc), and then write in the afternoon and evening until dinner.


8.Do you write every day, 5 days a week, or as you have time?

I try to write Monday through Friday and sometimes also write on the weekends when I’m approaching a deadline and need to get a lot done.


9.What is the hardest thing about writing?


Every time I write a book I’m convinced it is the worst thing ever written and want to give up, but I make myself keep going anyway. No matter how many books I’ve written this never gets easier!


10.What was the hardest thing about writing Future Shock?


The hardest part was getting the time travel right while also balancing the mystery elements such as clues and foreshadowing. I had to create a lot of very detailed timelines and outlines in order to make sure it all made sense!


About the Author:
lizabeth Briggs graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology. She mentors teens in writing and is the author of the new adult series Chasing the Dream. She lives in LA with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. Future Shock is her first young adult novel. You can visit her on Facebook facebook.com/ElizabethBriggsAuthor and Twitter @lizwrites.