Hey everyone! We are here today with Elizabeth Briggs, author of the Future Shock series. Future Threat, the second book, is out next week and we caught up with Elizabeth to chat about what we can expect and a little about her writing process!
Elena starts off in a pretty hopeless place in Future Shock. After the events in the first book, where is she at the beginning of Future Threat?
At the beginning of Future Threat, Elena is trying to move on with her life and have a relationship with her boyfriend Adam. Her life should be perfect, but she can’t get over what she went through in Future Shock and is haunted by the lives she couldn’t save. Plus, a strange black car keeps following her around, and she knows Aether Corporation isn’t done with her yet.
The covers of both books are so gorgeous. What was the process like to arrive at the covers?
Thanks! Before Future Shock came out, my publisher asked me what I wanted on my covers and I gave them a few ideas. One of the main things we all agreed on was that if there was a girl on the cover she had to be Latina. They ended up working with a photographer and a model, so each book in the series uses a different picture from that photo shoot. They also made sure the tattoos and the background accurately matched the books. For Future Threat I specifically asked for Elena to have a new origami unicorn tattoo and that she be overlooking a futuristic Los Angeles with the sunset behind her. I think they did an amazing job and now I can’t wait to see the cover of book 3!
What was your research process like for time travel?
I didn’t actually research time travel all that much, but I did spend a lot of time researching PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks, so that I could get into Elena’s head in this book. I also researched flying cars and other futuristic technology to make the future they visit even more advanced than the one they visited in Future Shock.
How was writing Future Threat different than writing Future Shock?
Writing the middle book in a series is challenging because you have to make sure the characters have grown since the first book, but also leave room for them to change in the third book as well. Also, I tried to make all three books in the series stand alone, so that each one has its own mystery that is solved at the end of the book while also leaving a few hints for the next book.
If you could time travel, where would you go and what would you do?
This is actually the question that inspired me to write Future Shock! Like Elena, I would want to go into the future to see what happened to myself and to the world. But I would also be terrified of finding out something bad—and then wondering if I could change it…or if it was inevitable.
by Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: AW Teen
Published: March 1st 2017
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information--but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation.
But Aether's not done with her--or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events.
But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost--or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything--including their relationship--to save their friends.
The second book in the New York Times bestselling Future Shock trilogy.
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 new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. You can connect with her online at:www.elizabethbriggs.net
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