JSYK, Julie Murphy is one of THE sweetest people ever. While I have yet to read her fabulous debut, SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, I do know that I’m excited to spread the word about it. Because Julie deserves all the love. Today, we’re thrilled to have Julie over for a little Q&A to celebrate the upcoming release of her standalone debut, along with a giveaway for a signed copy of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY. So read on!
IceyBooks: A synopsis can only reveal so much about a story. Tell us a little bit about SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY.
Julie: Well, Side Effects May Vary follows Alice who is pretty much the antagonist of her own story. Alice, after being told she is terminally ill, makes a list of some pretty interesting things she wants to do before she kicks the bucket. Yes, there’s some revenge, but there are also a few good things on that list. Alice’s cohort in all of this is Harvey, the kind-hearted boy she grew up with. After Alice completes her bucket list of doom–as one does–she learns that she’s gone into remission. #consequences (Yes, I just hashtagged this synopsis.)
IceyBooks: Twitter rules all. Next question: many novels are inspired by one sentence or question, was there one that sparked SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY?
Julie: The question that sparked it all was definitely: How would we live if there were no consequences?
IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY?
Julie: Ahhhh! This is a hard one. I actually don’t really have any lines that I’m incredibly attached to. But there were some scenes I miss. This is going to sound crazy, I know, but there was originally some serious backstory to how Alice’s & Harvey’s moms became best friends. It was totally unnecessary, but I loved exploring that backstory so much.
IceyBooks: Tell us a little bit about how you signed with your agent.
Julie: I found Molly, my agent, the old fashioned way–querying! I had a few offers, but I felt so comfortable talking to her from our very first phone call. I trusted her completely. She talked about my writing in a way that made me feel like my heart was glowing. I trust her completely.
IceyBooks: Give us the three…Movies you can’t wait to see:
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (The new Wes Anderson film!)
2. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
IceyBooks: Random facts about you:
1. I took ballet (and tap, jazz, and modern/lyrical) dance classes until the age of fourteen.
2. I was an extra in the movie, Selena.
3. In college I did this thing called Model Arab League, which is a lot like Model UN except with Arab countries. You spend a weekend with a bunch of fellow nerds pretending to be delegates from various countries. Yeah…
IceyBooks: Books you can’t wait to read:
1. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
2. Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir
3. Between the Spark and the Burn by April Tulchoke
About the Author
Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she’s not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie’s debut novel.
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