Sunday, June 5, 2016

0 Laura Tims, author of PLEASE DON'T TELL, on finally letting go

We're thrilled to have Laura Tims join us to share more about her debut novel PLEASE DON'T TELL.

Laura, what do you hope readers will take away from PLEASE DON'T TELL?

That they should never have to struggle alone – that it’s okay to ask for help, from friends or professionals.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

I spent a long time prior to PLEASE DON’T TELL (i.e., mostly in high school) working on my baby book, which was basically an adapted version of a fanfiction I wrote when I was twelve or so that got popular. I rewrote it several times, and it was always a big mess. One of the best things I did for my writing career was finally letting it go and working on something completely different – PLEASE DON’T TELL.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

I used to always work outside on the porch, but recently I bought a desk and a monitor and set myself up a dedicated workstation by my window. It’s pretty nice – I can see palm trees and hear the birds sing! Now I work there, usually listening to music.

What are you working on now?

I’m about to start revisions on THE BEST THING ABOUT PAIN, my second novel with HarperCollins, out in 2017. It’s a book about a girl with chronic pain who meets a boy who, due to a congenital condition, can’t feel it. It’s about the ways that people handle (or don’t) different kinds of pain. And I really like the characters! Especially the boy – he’s a super blunt, awkward person obsessed with Myers-Briggs personality tests.


Please Don't Tell
by Laura Tims
Released 5/31/2016

Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.

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Laura Tims is the author of PLEASE DON'T TELL, coming Spring 2016 from HarperCollins.She's a mental health advocate, a cancer, and a reasonably cute organism. She likes Tumblr, anime, Neko Atsume, Homestuck, Steven Universe, and Undertale. She likes you even more. She writes books about strange relationships, pain, and people who are scared but good. She loves to talk and if you also love to talk, find her on Twitter @laura_tims.


Have you had a chance to read PLEASE DON'T TELL yet? Do you have a novel that's an adapted version of fanfiction? Have you let go of a book that you have spent a lot of time on to work on something else? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Anisaa, Sam, Erin, Susan, Michelle, Laura, and Kristin

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