Thursday, May 26, 2016

Please Don't Tell Blog Tour Guest Post + Giveaway

Oh man this book is so intense and I'm really glad I could be a part of the blog tour! Laura Tims wrote a wonderful responses to the question I posed her so lets get right to it!

Since your story is rather dark and has many twists and turns, was it incredible hard to write it? What was that process like going from an idea to a finished book? 
I feel like I always learn a lot from reading about other writers’ processes, so I’m happy to write about mine! Writing PLEASE DON’T TELL was definitely difficult – it went through a lot of iterations, and each one was harder than the last.

When you’re writing a book with a complicated plot, it helps to visualize things. Normally I just do a pretty simple series of bullet points, but for PLEASE DON’T TELL, I taped pieces of paper to my wall and wrote it all out. It turns out scribbling on your wall is super fun, so I ended up getting the whole thing plotted in like a day.

Writing the first draft wasn’t too bad. Revisions were the intense part! It’s easy to nail down one part of a book – plot, characters, writing, etc – but what’s really challenging is getting all of them to work successfully together. When I signed with my awesome agent, Sarah Davies, she told me that the plot was working, but the characters needed more development. Later, when I was doing revisions with my ALSO awesome editor, Karen Chaplin, I poured so much energy into character development that the plot and pacing got lost. There was a lot of adding, then taking away, then adding, then more taking away. It’s so hard to find the right balance!

The most important thing I learned was that ups and downs are a normal part of the process. There were plenty of times I thought the book would never come together, or that I wasn’t capable of achieving what I wanted to achieve as a writer. But whenever I talked to other authors, I realized that they’d all gone through the same thing. One of the best ways of getting through stress is understanding that it’s temporary. And chatting with people who’ve come through the other side is the best way to remember that!

And no matter how intense a revision process is, it’s always worth it to know your book is the best possible version of itself. :)

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 Fall 2015 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
LINKS: Website | Twitter | Tumblr

Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
5/23: Pretty Deadly Reviews
5/24: Princessica of Books
5/25: The Irish Banana Review
5/26: Life According to a Bibliophile (you are here!)
5/27: Little Book Wyrm

Week 2:
5/30: Such A Novel Idea
5/31: Novel Ink
6/1: Resch Reads & Reviews
6/2: Emily Reads Everything
6/3: A Perfection Called Books

3 Finished Copies of PLEASE DON'T TELL (US Only)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to Andi for letting me be on this tour and Laura for the guest post!


  1. I am SO excited to read this book. It looks like just the kind of book I would love and I'm always looking for awesome YA Mystery/Thrillers.

  2. Danielle HammelefMay 26, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your writing process description here. I'm currently writing nonfiction and needed your words today to help me get through the stress I'm feeling right now to meet deadlines. This is just temporary and everyone goes through this. I've done it before and will make it through again.

  3. What a fun guest post! I can't wait to read this book! I love a good mystery read!

  4. Thanks for posting about Please Don't Tell, Kailia! I can't wait to read this book.