Author Chat with Julie Murphy
Contributed by Elizabeth Drake
One of our extraordinary staff members, Elizabeth, interviewed Julie Murphy, author of Dumplin'! Now she's sharing this fantastic chat with us! But first we'd like to introduce you to this literary duo.
Julie Murphy is a potty-mouthed Southern belle who was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but found her home in Fort Worth, Texas. She's never seen Star Wars, but has yet to meet a made for TV movie she didn't love. When she's not writing, Julie can be found cruising Costco for free samples, watching Sister Act 2, stalking drag queens on instagram, obsessing over the logistics of Mars One, and forever searching for the perfect slice of cheese pizza. She lives with her bearded husband, two vicious cats, and one pomeranian that can pass as a bear cub. DUMPLIN' is her second young adult novel.
Now meet Julie's book, Dumplin'.
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin' is guaranteed to steal your heart.
With introductions in order, it's time to CHAT!
ED: Dolly Parton's character and confidence plays a huge role in Dumplin': What do you think she would have said to Willowdean if she had met her?
ED: Did you listen to a lot of Dolly while writing? Do you have a playlist to share with readers?
ED: What do you think it is about the south that made it the perfect setting for Dumplin'?
ED: What was your biggest challenge in writing Dumplin'?
ED: I read that the film rights for Dumplin' have already been optioned.
If you could dream cast the movie, who would play the main parts?
ED: Dumplin' shows that everyone struggles with insecurities, what would you like to say to readers who are dealing with low self esteem and/or poor body image?
A big thanks to both Julie Murphy and Elizabeth Drake for this enlightening interview! Now read on for the latest giveaway below!
By: Julie Murphy
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Three winners will receive a copy of Dumplin', US only.
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, we a question for entrants pulled from this author chat. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Why is Texas the perfect setting for Dumplin'?
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Elizabeth Drake is a staff reviewer here at YABC. She has been reviewing for a few years now on her blog Reading Between Classes. Elizabeth loves YA books because they are such a wide and varied genre where authors are not afraid to take risks and readers are constantly met with surprises. In her non-reading life, she teaches junior high Science and English (This always seems to be met with looks of pity, she knows, scary teenagers - but she loves them!) Elizabeth is also the mom to two beautiful and (usually) wonderful little boys. Living on the East Coast of Canada means long, cold winters with lots of time indoors for reading and her other favorite pastime - cooking! Feel free to shoot her a message about your favorite reads (or your favorite recipes!)
1) Pageants are huge, and;
2) (more importantly) people live "big" lives and make their own rules.
Don't mess with Texas!
Like the person above said, Pageants are huge here and every Texan will tell you that not only is everything bigger here in Texas, it's better! Which of course is why Texas makes the best setting. Plus, I'm from Texas soooooo even better hahahaha!
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes beauty pageants! (Though I must admit that my pageant expertise is limited to binge watching Toddlers and Tiaras).
Not only are baeuty pageants HUGE in Texas, Willow's spirt and personally from the description totally correlate the heart of Texas!