Hi, everyone! We're continuing our interview-every-Saturday month today with an interview with Julie Murphy, author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY (Balzar + Bray/HarperCollins, winter 2014)! She is funny and wonderful and didn't scream too much when we coerced her into doing this :)
How long have you been writing for?I've always dabbled in writing. Whether it was journaling (or really attempts at journaling), poetry, short stories, or screenplays (yes, even screenplays), storytelling in some form has been a part of my daily life for as long as I can remember. A little less than a year ago, I began to take writing seriously. And it's been quite the year!
Tell us a little about your book, SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY.
How did you celebrate The Call from your agent?
Which was harder: querying or going on sub?
How'd you get your agent? From the slush pile, a conference, a contest?
Any strange writing rituals?
Heck yes I have strange writing rituals! Three in particular. The first is popsicles. Boxes and boxes of popsicles. You know I've had a good writing day when my office is littered with popsicle sticks. And then there are movie trailers. I sit down and watch a whole slew of movie trailers before writing. It's very therapeutic for me. The third isn't so strange, but I do a lot of writing longhand. It helps when I'm stuck. And, too, I find that some of my most organic work comes when I power down my laptop and put pen to paper. So there you have it. The secret to my success: popsicles, movie trailers, and writing longhand.
How excited were you when you got your editor?
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers? Anything specific for teen writers?
See? I told y'all that she was wonderful! Thank you SO MUCH for coming, Julie!