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