SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy Interview and Giveaway

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
3. Divergent

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.

Find Julie on her Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Thanks to Julie, we’ve got one SIGNED copy of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY up for grabs for one lucky US/Canada resident. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    March 7, 2014

    I haven’t read SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, and I would love to read!! :)

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    March 7, 2014

    I love the synopsis for this book and i do feel like if I was dying I would do the same thing and go through everything on my bucket list so hopefully wouldn’t cause any bad consequence’s for myself like in the book.

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    Chenise J.

    March 7, 2014

    I’m SO excited to read this! I’m so interested in reading how Alice’s perspective on life affects the decisions she makes and how she’ll have to deal with the consequences after learning that she’ll be sticking around a lot longer than she thought she would be.

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    Christina R.

    March 7, 2014

    I haven’t read it but I’d love to because it’s not about dying, it’s about her coming to terms with living and the people she hurt!

    Love the author :)

    Thank you :)

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    March 7, 2014

    this sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    Alex U.

    March 7, 2014

    I haven’t read it yet but I want to! I’ve heard a lot of great things about it!

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    susan beamon

    March 7, 2014

    Haven’t gotten a copy to read. Hope this changes that.

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    March 7, 2014

    I’m very interested in Side Effects May Vary and definitely plan to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Hillary R.

    March 7, 2014

    I definitely have not read “Side Effects May Vary” but I remember hearing about this book since the end of last year on #teatime. And I totally want to read this one! Just reading the synopsis was all the convincing that was needed :D

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    March 7, 2014

    Really, really excited to read this! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Kelly G.

    March 7, 2014

    It’s on my wishlist!

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    March 8, 2014

    I really like what this book is about. Bucket list and no consequences. I’m sure Alice has an amazing adventure. Thank you for this great interview and giveaway!

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    March 8, 2014

    Haven’t read it, but sounds interesting

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    Joanna V

    March 8, 2014

    I actually just finished reading it yesterday and I am absolutely in love with it. It was just perfect – a mix of laughter and tears that I will never forget. I’m trying so hard not to repeat my review in this comment aha. But I do agree that Alice is her own antagonist. I know everyone thinks she’s a bitch and she kind of is. But I find her really easy to relate to. Not likable. But I admire the brutal honesty. This book was amazing. I can’t wait until I can get a physical copy to put next to TFiOS that I still haven’t read

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    March 9, 2014

    I haven’t read this yet, but it is on my Goodreads list. I love the story line and hope to read this one very soon. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Sarah K

    March 9, 2014

    I cannot wait to read this!!!!!!!!

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    March 9, 2014

    Sounds really good. Sometimes we probably all want to get revenge on someone but there are consequences.

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    March 12, 2014

    OMG! I love the title! I’ve heard about this book before! :) I have to pick it up! :)

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    Michelle Lee

    March 12, 2014

    I have yet to read this book. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

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    Cindi Clubbs

    March 20, 2014

    I have not read it yet but the premise sounds awesome! Too many people today don’t understand that everything, both kind and cruel, has consequences. Sounds like a great life lesson:)

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    Lisa is Busy Nerding

    March 22, 2014

    OF COURSE I want to read it! My friends have all loved it (Jamie, Ginger, etc) and I want to get in on that action with my very own SIGNED copy! Wee!

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    March 24, 2014

    I have been hearing such incredible things about this book and I CANNOT wait to read it!!!

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    March 24, 2014

    Yes, I want to read it!

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    Victoria Ball

    March 25, 2014

    I haven’t read it but I definitely want to!

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    March 26, 2014

    So excited to read this!

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    Kate I.

    March 27, 2014

    SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY has been on my TBR list for some time (another commenter mentioned a #TeaTime event), and my interest has deepened having absorbed this post. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    March 27, 2014

    Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like an interesting book.

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    March 27, 2014

    I would totally love to read this! Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!