Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she's not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is the author of Dumplin', Side Effects May Vary, and Ramona Blue. You can visit Julie at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
"Will's singular voice compels readers to think about all that goes into building-and destroying-self-esteem...Splendid" -- Booklist (starred review) "I'm obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN' is such a star." -- Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days "DUMPLIN' should be required reading for anyone who has ever felt even slightly uncomfortable in his or her skin. Julie Murphy's star continues to shine with this groundbreaking, poignant story that will surely change lives." -- John Corey Whaley, award-winning author of Noggin and Where Things Come Back "Murphy...successfully makes every piece of the story...count, weaving them together to create a harmonious, humorous, and thought-provoking whole." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[A] richly enjoyable novel...a clever and funny book to please lovers of thoughtful romance and secret pageant fans." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Genuine, romantic, and with a dash of Texan charm, this is a novel that celebrates being who you are while also acknowledging that it's incredibly difficult to do." -- The Horn Book "Portrays and challenges sterotypes about beauty pageants, size issues, and women's concerns...Powerful." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Honest and unflinching, this is a compelling story of one teen's struggle with cancer, love, and living. A worthwhile addition." -- School Library Journal Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Readers will turn the last page wanting to know where the next chapter leads." -- Kirkus Reviews Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Alice and Harvey's relationship is raw, honest, moving, and unapologetic in its depiction of their individual, and collective, pain." -- Booklist Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Julie Murphy weaves together a tender and funny tale of love, friendship, heartache, and redemption. SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY explodes with brutal honesty, brilliant wit, and unflinching heart." -- John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for WHERE THINGS COME BACK Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "Julie Murphy's SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a funny, heartfelt, honest look at the beauty and the risk of getting a second chance. An inspiring novel about all the things worth living for. I adored this debut!" -- Siobhan Vivian, author of The List Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "A funny and touching novel about a strong-willed heroine who finds facing death simple, but facing life heart-wrenchingly complicated. A real original." -- Jennifer Echols, author of GOING TOO FAR Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "A tale of unlikely romance, impossible obstacles, and mortality, this book is a must-read."- -- Teen Vogue Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "It's equal parts fun, cringe-worthy, and totally fearless!" -- Seventeen Magazine Praise for SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: "An unexpected twist on the typical cancer story." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)