Side Effects May Vary Book Launch

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Event Recap:
Saturday, Amanda, Jamie, and I had the chance to attend Julie Murphy's Side Effects May Vary Launch Party in Texas. The crowd turn out for the event was great, and Julie sold out of her book within the first 30 minutes of the event. Julie, of course, was stunning and looked so happy to be there. She spoke for several minutes about the book, its journey, and her excitement to see it published. At one point, she even got emotional (which I loved). You could tell that this book was her pride and joy.

Book Signing:
During the book signing, Julie took time to visit and meet each person that came through the line. It wasn't rushed at all, which I loved. She remembered both Amanda and I, and even noticed that Amanda cut her hair. I've never been to an author signing before, but Amanda had, and commented on the rare personal touches that were made. It was great.
While meeting Julie, we talked about her fame as a newly published author, and asked if she was still star struck when she met bigger authors. She joked about crying when she met A.S. King, and feeling super nervous when she met Sarah Dessen.

Other Excitement:
While waiting in line, we met two other book bloggers who are basically the most amazing people ever. Arial from in Italics was equal parts adorable, smart, and sweet. We also met Miranda, who had the most crushworthy typewriter purse. They both were established bloggers, and were more than willing to trade tips, and share information about book tours and conventions coming up. I'm excited to collaborate with both of them in the future! 

Several days ago, Julie was also kind enough to do a brief interview with us. Check it out! 

1. Who is your favorite YA author?

Oooo! So many upcoming debuts (like Natalie C. Parker and Jennifer Mathieu) are looking to be my new faves, but I'll go with A.S. King and John Corey Whaley. (JCW's latest, NOGGIN, is mind blowing!)

2. What is the most recent book that made you swoon?

I adored Emery Lord's OPEN ROAD SUMMER, and while I wouldn't say it made me swoony Corey Ann Haydu's LIFE BY COMMITTEE certainly made me feel MANY things.

3. When you were ten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A ballerina who had moonlight gig as a boxer. No joke! I took really intense ballet classes until I was fourteen and was a little too obsessed with Rocky. Those training montages!

4. What three authors influence/d your writing?

Hmmm...this is a hard one. It's a little impossible to not be influenced by every book you read, even the ones you think you don't enjoy. But I'm heavily influenced by Tiffanie DeBartolo, Tom Perotta, and A.S. King.

5. If you could be a Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Flavor, what would you be? 

Oh, Cinnamon Buns! For sure. De-licious!

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. Julie can best be found on her website , tumblr, or twitter.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing the recap. I enjoyed reading the interview!


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