Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Interview with Side Effects May Vary Author, Julie Murphy

Hey everyone! I reached out to Julie Murphy, author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, and asked if she'd like to come on the blog! Like the sweetie she is, she answered some of my questions, and here they are! Thanks so much to Julie for doing this, and you should all go buy SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY! On sale today! You can read my review here. :)

1. What was the biggest challenge in writing Side Effects May Vary?
Striking that balance for Alice. She takes things far, sometimes too far, but I had to be able to justify everything to myself.

2. When you found out that your book was going to be published, how did you celebrate?
Well, I had the worst sunburn of my life, so I sat in the dark, covered in aloe, but after that cleared up, I drank lots of sangria and ate tons of pizza. I also got the tattoo I'd been wanting for a while, a rather large Where the Wilds Things Are piece.

3. Out of all the characters in Side Effects May Vary, which one are you the most like?
This won't be a popular answer, but I really lean toward Alice. Imagine Alice fifteen years later. She's learned her lessons. She's still a little prickly, but she means well. That being said, I definitely have a little Debora in me too. And I have totally been the Harvey in a relationship. Not fun.

4. What was the most memorable experience during the writing process?
There was one night while drafting where I wrote about forty pages in one night, and it was incredible. Definitely a magic I wish I could recapture. Also, getting that email saying that my editor had approved the final draft was incredible. I have never felt so accomplished.

5. Are there any real life inspirations for the characters?
I think I steal little small characteristics from everyone I meet, but no one in particular. I think my characters are more a hodge podge of everyone I've ever met.

Quick fire round!

Coffee or tea? Which kind?
Tea! Iced passion tea!

Cake or pie? Which kind?
AH! BOTH! But, really, cake. Italian Cream Cake.

Last book you read and loved?
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, but also LOVED Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu.

Favourite TV show?
The Wonder Years, but also a huge fan of Skins, My Mad Fat Diary, and Friday Night 


Favourite movie?
Just one??? Maybe The Royal Tenenbaums or Blue Valentine!

Guilty Pleasure?
Instagram! Can Instagram be a guilty pleasure?

About Julie

Julie Murphy 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. Her debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, is out from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on March 18, 2014. Julie’s follow-up novel, currently titled Dumplin’, is due out in 2015.

Visit her website: http://juliemurphywrites.com/

Follow her on Twitter: @andimjulie

About Side Effects May Vary

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

Thanks again to Julie for doing this! I hope you guys enjoyed this! Let me know if you've read SEMV in the comments! See you all soon, and Happy reading!


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