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Friday, May 13, 2016

Meet the Newbies: Laura Tims, author of Please Don't Tell

Meet the Newbies is a blog event dedicated to introducing you to the “newbie” published debut authors. In this event, expect to learn more about the authors, their books, and silly fun facts! Check out the full Meet the Newbies lineup here.

Today, for Meet the Newbies, I have my interview with Laura Tims to share with all of you! I hope you guys enjoy it and add Please Don't Tell to your TBRs!

Author Most Likely to Write Fanfiction During Class.

Nickname: Timsy
First Day of School: May 24th, 2015
Homeroom: HarperCollins
Grade: Contemporary Thriller
Extracurricular Activities: Tumblr, Anime Club, Neko Atsume
Favorite Class: Lunch
Favorite Quote/Motto: "Be the person you needed when you were younger."

Brittany: When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

Laura: I wrote some Neopets fanfiction when I was ten and ended up getting some fan-Neomail. Somehow that turned into me immediately deciding to be a writer forever. And here we are today.

Brittany: What is your most memorable moment on your journey to becoming an author?

Laura: Probably when I called my parents to tell them I’d gotten a book deal! I had this little script in my head of the way I thought the conversation would go in a dream scenario, and that ended up happening exactly. It was sweet.

Brittany: Do you have any quirky/unconventional writing habits? (Ex. Always having chocolate on hand, etc..)

Laura: I like writing outside! Sometimes I write in such glaring sunlight that I have to wear sunglasses and a baseball cap. If I’m writing in a chair, my legs always end up tangled in a weird pretzel underneath me.

Brittany: If you could collaborate with any of the other of the Sweet Sixteen’s authors on a new book, who would you like to work with, and why?

Laura: This is a really hard question, because I’ve read so many incredible books by Sixteeners lately! Probably Marieke Nijkamp, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, or Jeff Zentner, because their books basically ruined me.

Brittany: Which of your characters do you identify with the most, and why?

Laura: I definitely had some of Grace’s anxiety issues in high school, though I dealt with it differently. And I focused so much of Joy’s story on guilt because I feel like it’s been a really potent emotion in my own life, even when it was unwarranted. So I guess no one character in particular, but pieces of each of them!

Brittany: What is your favorite non-spoilery quote or moment from your own book?

Laura: Oh jeez, I don’t know! There is this quote that I just saw on a cool graphic so I’m going to go with it: “I don’t want to know what I’m capable of. I think that’s the only way people can like themselves, by not knowing what they’re capable of.”

Brittany: What is one thing you’d like your readers to take away from Please Don’t Tell after reading it?

Laura: That the battles you fight in your own head are real and valid, and you’re amazing for not giving up!

Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
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.
Laura Tims is the author of PLEASE DON'T TELL, coming Summer 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
Connect with Laura: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. I didn't know Jeff Zentner was a Sweet Sixteen! I loved The Serpent King. Thanks for the fab giveaway. :)

    1. Yes, he is! I'm glad you love his book, everyone I know does too! The giveaway is being provided by Rachel at a Perfection Called Books who is running this feature but I wish you good luck!

  2. Great interview! I can't wait to read Please Don't Tell, it sounds so good! I love the quote that you shared and I love the message that you want readers to take away from the book.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

    1. Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoy it. Laura is awesome and I hope you enjoy her book ^_^

  3. I love that this book is about sisters. This is unique in YA for me. Thanks for the post today and introducing this author to me.

    1. There isn't a lot of books about sisters in YA is there? I'm so glad you enjoyed this post, thank you for stopping by!

  4. Awesome interview. Nice to meet you, Laura! I'm loving the MTN events!

  5. Can't wait to read this book! It sounds amazing! And I loved the quote! I'm already intrigued about the story. Great interview!

    1. YAY that makes me so happy! I hope that you enjoy Please Don't Tell and thank you for stopping by!

  6. Such a lovely post Brittany :D Yay for sharing about new authors. <3 Not heard of her or her book before.. Ack. But that cover is pretty awesome :D I'm curious. Hope you are having the best weekend sweet girl. <3

    1. I'm glad to be the one to introduce you to Laura and her book. I hope that you have added Please Don't Tell to your TBR. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. OMG HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF THIS BOOK AT ALL?! *shrieks* It sounds AMAZING and slightly chilling...and eeep. Need. My TBR doesn't thank you, Brittany, but I DEFINITELY NEED THIS ONE. XD

  8. I love the thing about "most likely to write fan fiction during class". That is hilarious! I've become the person most likely to work on writing one of my novels during work. :-) Fun interview as well!