You're a writer?

I am!

How did you get published?

There are lots of different ways to go about getting published. The first step for me was writing the book. After that I had to decide what I wanted out of my writing and what the best way to accomplish that was. The decision to publish traditionally came naturally to me, and, in my experience, the natural decisions are the best kind. After that, I scoured the Earth for my agent and soon after that she sold my book to Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. If you're interested in publishing, be sure to check out my resources for writers page!

Have you always written?

Writing is something I've always gravitated toward, but not until more recently did I begin to take it seriously. Soon after finishing my Bachelor’s degree, I had plans to start working on my Master’s. Then something crazy happened. I started to write a book and I couldn't stop. After speaking with my husband and some close friends, I decided to put grad school off for a semester. (In general, this isn't always good advice and most definitely is not a one-size-fits-all statement.) But that's what I did. Nine months after making this decision, my book sold.

How can I get a signed copy of your books? 

Various stores stock signed copies of my books. Tweet me to find out what stores currently have signed stock! You can also send me a self-addressed stamped envelope and I will send it back to you with a signed bookplate (currently only available for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY) and bookmarks. Even if you don't want a signed bookplate or bookmarks, I still love getting mail!

Julie Murphy
PO Box 311
Kennedale, Texas 76060

What inspired you to write Side Effects May Vary?

Well, this is a funny story. Until recently, I had worked with teens at a public library. At one of our gatherings, the teens and I got into a heated discussion about the zombie apocalypse and where we would all barricade ourselves should we be stranded in the library. This topic quickly evolved into a discussion about all the things that we weren't allowed to do in a library that we might do if all bets were off. And that's where it all began. Here I am on the OneFour KidLit YouTube channel, talking more about my inspiration while my cats steal the show.

How did you get your agent?

I caught her in a pond and haven't let her go since.

KIDDING! Sort of. I got my agent the old-fashioned way. Querying!

Can you recommend me to your agent?

Unfortunately, unless I know you personally and fully believe that your work is something my agent would be interested in, this isn’t something I can do. However, you are more than welcome to query my agent or anyone else at Folio currently open to submissions. Be sure to check out the agents and their guidelines first!

What are your favorite books? Who are your favorite authors?

I would love to steer you in the direction of some of my favorite authors! I love just about everything from all of these authors, but here are some of my favorite books of theirs!

Young Adult & Middle Grade:

Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

The List and Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

The Summer Series and Shug (MG) by Jenny Han

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

A Series of Unfortunate Events (thirteen books in all) by Lemony Snicket

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Going Too Far and Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Some Girls Are and This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Looking for Alaska by John Green


Shop Girl by Steven Martin (Yes, Father of the Bride Steve Martin)

Election, Little Children, & The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Stepford Wives & Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Jarhead by Anthony Swafford

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Animal Farm by George Orwell

God Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo (This is my desert island pick.)

Any writing advice to spare?

Hmm… I’m sort of funny about writing advice since not any one thing is one-size-fits-all, but I am working on compiling a page full of all my favorite articles on writing. Stay tuned!