Friday, December 20, 2013

Day Twenty: Julie Murphy (SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY)

Debutante Profile

Name - Julie Murphy
Debut – Side Effects May Vary
Publisher - HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Genre – Contemporary YA

Website– HERE
Blog - HERE
Twitter - HERE

Bio: 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.

Dream Debutante Dress - 

"So I chose my debutante dress because it reminded me of the type of thing someone might have worn to prom in the 60s. Think The Virgin Suicides!"

Notes from a YA Debutante

I’m super excited to be one of Badass Bookie’s 2014 Debutantes! (Also, best blog name ever!) - Thank-you! :D

I make lists for all kinds of things. Like, if I’ve had a super busy day, I’ll sit down at the end of the day and make a list of everything I’ve done. Then I’ll go through and cross everything out just so I can feel that sense of accomplishment. Spoiler: I’m completely neurotic. Anyway, here’s a haphazardly strung together list of ten random facts about me.

1. I’ve never seen a single Star Wars movie and am constantly told how criminal this is. For a while there, I really meant to, but now I’m kind of holding out because it’s sort of the ultimate Never Have I Ever.

2. My husband is Scottish. The first time we went over to visit his family, we spent a few days in London first. I had never been to London and was taking pictures like a mad woman. Two days into our three-day stay, I decided to look through some of our photos AND ACCIDENTALLY DELETED EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I am now OBSESSED with the preservation of memories. MOAR PICTURES.

3. Speaking of my husband, we met in a creative writing class.

4. I own enough nail polish to paint a house with.

5. I am obsessed--I’m talking OBSESSED--with Halloween. This year I was Effie Trinket, but my all time favorite would have to be my Ursula costume. (I should also add that my BFF is a makeup artist, and she makes my Halloween dreams come true.)

6. I have a huge Where the Wild Things Are tattoo on my arm, which was my reward to myself for selling Side Effects May Vary.

7. For whatever reason, when I was a kid, I thought the letters J and B were interchangeable. There are a whole slew of school papers from my early childhood with the name BULIE scrawled across the top.

8. I am a total nut for horror movies. The weirder, the better. Although, I’ve got a sweet spot for classics like Rosemary’s Baby.

9. I only buy CDs. I sort of hate technology and have never taken the time to figure out how to work iTunes.

10. I saw the first Twilight movie in theatres seventeen times. I refuse to be embarrassed.


Bookie's Note: Julie, the fact that you saw the first Twilight movie 17 times in theatre, completely just made my night. Honestly that's some hardcore devotion #respect and CLAIM IT! I haven't bought a CD in at least 10 years, man I don't even remember what to do with one... I wish we celebrated Halloween super hardcore in Australia but it's not as big here! :( And you're not alone, I have never seen a complete Star Wars movie, just bits and pieces of them throughout the year! :D Guys, make sure to come check out the INSIDER'S SCOOP on SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY tomorrow + Julie's giveaway!

Badass Bookie xx


  1. Wow! 17 times? That's a lot of times. I'm a fan of Twilight but I've only watched it like 6 times (I think?) and it's on DVD and not in theater. That's hardcore fangirl. *bows down to you repeatedly*

  2. I love horror movies! We don't celebrate Halloween here but I always plan an evening with friends watching horror movies :)

  3. Massive Twilight fan over here too, Julie. Also refuse to be embarrassed. *fist bump*

  4. Love random facts lists. #7 is awesome. :)

  5. I get scared very easily but I like watching horror movies. :)

  6. I love lists! I make lists for everything and my husband absolutely loves to heckle me about it. I am not ashamed. And it is kind of a crime that you haven't seen Star Wars, but it would be an awesome Never Have I Ever. I really enjoyed your list. And I must say, I adore the dress. Very much. I want to buy it and wear it right now.

  7. Awesome list! omg the way you met your husband is so perfect! :D Btw, LOVE your debutante dress <3

  8. That debutante dress is gorgeous! It also makes me think of a Boticelli painting!
    Scottish husband! I love Scottish accent!

  9. I love the fact that Julie has a where the wild things are tattoo

  10. Julie, I love all these weird factoids! We'll have to start a listmakers anonymous because I do that too!

  11. Awesomely weird facts!!! And I can totally relate to that photographs accident, I had a memorable trip with my family to one of the most beautiful place I have ever been and clicked many pictures along with some videos loaded them into my PC and then because of my laziness did not copied them to the CD, result- all pictures were lost when my hard disk failed due to some virus.

  12. These were really fun to read! Also a Twilight fan and absolutely not ashamed!

  13. Awww, as one Twilight fan to another, there's never too many times you can watch it. :)
    As a Star Wars super fan, I have to urge you to watch it! ;) It really is a crime that you haven't watch it! :P
    Congrats on your debut novel! :)

  14. I love Twilight!! I can rewatch that movie over and over!! So romantic! I don't know that I would rewatch it at the theater though..but hey Julie is a die hard fan

  15. Very pretty dress! Confession: I, too, haven't seen a single Star Wars movie. *runs*

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