To celebrate, some other 2014 debut authors and I are posting our bucket lists (because bucket lists are kind of a big thing in the book - see the description below). If I wrote up a whole bucket list, it would probably have about 80 billion things on it, so here's a list of 17 things I've always wanted to do (14-17 I accomplished this year and 1-5 I think I can do in the next year or two!):
1) Run the Peachtree Road Race (a 10K in Atlanta, where I live)
2) Cook a 7 course dinner (I’m enlisting the help of my husband with this one. We’ll probably do a Brazilian themed menu because he wants to go there so badly he taught himself Portuguese this year.)
3) Be an extra in The Walking Dead (filmed in Atlanta, so I could totally make my zombie dreams a reality!)
4) Eat a Guanábana – also called Soursop (They’re this crazy looking fruit that grows in Mexico and Central and South America, and they’re supposed to taste like strawberry and pineapple but with the creaminess of coconut and banana. YUM. I’m going to see if I can find one at this international farmer’s market nearby.)
5) Get a book published (So close!!)
6) Visit every state (27 down!)
7) Go on a road trip of National Parks
8) Go to Australia and hold a koala bear and see all the other cool animals too.
9) Snorkel in Rurutu, French Polynesia when the whales migrate with their calves.
10) Go to Africa during the great annual migration (Over a million wildebeest and zebras! Can you tell I like animals?).
11) Ride in a hot air balloon
12) Learn to surf
active lava flow 13) Do a sprint distance triathlon (Sprint = the shortest one there is.)
15) Go to every color of beach (white, yellow, black, red, green – I just went to the last one, the green one, this year.)
16) Ride a snowmobile
17) Get my PhD
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?
Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.
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 (www.juliemurphywrites.com), tumblr (www.andimjulie.tumblr.com), or twitter (www.twitter.com/andimjulie).