JULIE MURPHY: On A Reimagining Of The Cinderella Story IF THE SHOE FITS


Interview By Paul Salfen

Paul Salfen interviews Julie Murphy about her reimagining of the Cinderella fable, If The Shoe Fits.  She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Dumplin (now a film on Netflix), Puddin, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. Dear Sweet Pea is her debut middle grade novel.

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 also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels for young people including Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, Faith Taking Flight, Side Effects May Vary, and Dear Sweet Pea. If The Shoe Fits is Julie’s first foray into adult romance.

SYNOPSIS: After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion. Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.

IF THE SHOE FITS is the first title in the new adult series, Meant To Be. Books designed to reimagine some of Disney’s best-known narrative works by publishing new versions written by diverse talent.


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