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Claire Legrand

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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for middle grade readers, WINTERSPELL, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, and SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, a middle grade story about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling. SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS is a 2017 Edgar Award nominee and one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2016. Her latest novel, FOXHEART, is a fast-paced fantasy-
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Claire Legrand Currently there are no plans for a Winterspell sequel, but who knows? Given the right story and the right timing, I would love to return to that world…moreCurrently there are no plans for a Winterspell sequel, but who knows? Given the right story and the right timing, I would love to return to that world and those characters.

As for your second question: Yes, I do plan to write both more standalones and, eventually, a series or two! But like I said, currently none of the books I have planned are in the Winterspell universe.(less)
Claire Legrand Hi Natasha! Man, sorry it took so long to answer this! I'm so glad you love Winterspell! Wahoo!

Both MG and YA have their challenges, but I think MG…more
Hi Natasha! Man, sorry it took so long to answer this! I'm so glad you love Winterspell! Wahoo!

Both MG and YA have their challenges, but I think MG probably comes easier to me. I just really connect with the mind and voice of MG characters in this way that resonates all the way through me from head to soul to toes.

I think CAVENDISH was probably the most flat-out enjoyable to write simply because I was writing it 100% for me. I wasn't published yet, I didn't have anything under contract. I didn't have to worry about expectations or marketing or anything like that. I just wrote for the sake of writing! And that was a lot of fun--not to mention very freeing! :)

Thanks for the questions! Happy reading!(less)
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“But it's hard to leave a place when you're tied to it by fear, when it's broken you with fear, when it's all you've ever known.”
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“You cannot shy away from yourself. Look the world in the eye, and it can do nothing to hurt you.”
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“He lived in a dreamer's world of ivory keys and messy shirts, unconcerned with the people around him.”
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Helena at The Life of a Booknerd Addict ❤️ Thanks, for accepting my friend request. Hope you have a great day xo


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Miranda Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I can't wait to read Winterspell! :)


Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
Looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work.

Best wishes for more books in the future,
Genie


message 18: by Liz

Liz Claire wrote: "Liz wrote: "Thank you for accepting the friend invite Ms. Legrand. I have to say that some of your influences are some of my favorite authors of all time. I especially love Madeline L'Engle, Neil ..."

I am glad to "meet" you too. :) Their work is very inspiring and always a joy to read.


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Claire Legrand Liz wrote: "Thank you for accepting the friend invite Ms. Legrand. I have to say that some of your influences are some of my favorite authors of all time. I especially love Madeline L'Engle, Neil Gaiman, and R..."

You're welcome, and I'm glad to "meet" you! Aren't those authors the best? Reading their work is so inspiring.


message 16: by Liz

Liz Thank you for accepting the friend invite Ms. Legrand. I have to say that some of your influences are some of my favorite authors of all time. I especially love Madeline L'Engle, Neil Gaiman, and Ray Bradbury.


message 15: by Claire

Claire Legrand Archer wrote: "Well hullo there Ms Legrand!"

Hello hello! *tosses puppies*


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Claire Legrand Kaye wrote: "Wow, I didn't even realize you accepted the friendvite until now, so thank you and yay for the honor! :) I'm a MLS student hopeful + aspiring author, so you're inspiring me on both counts!

I am so..."


So good to meet you, Kaye! And thank you for the kind words re: my books! I so hope you enjoy them!

Good luck with your librarian degree and your writing! *FIST BUMP OF LIBRARIAN POWAHHH*

P.S. I'm a fan of babbling, so never fear!


message 13: by Kaye

Kaye Wow, I didn't even realize you accepted the friendvite until now, so thank you and yay for the honor! :) I'm a MLS student hopeful + aspiring author, so you're inspiring me on both counts!

I am so excited for all three of your titles - just started the "pestering", in Wendy's words, by sending a request for The Cavendish Home just now.

Thanks again (and I hope I haven't scared you off with all my babble)...


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Claire Legrand Wendy Darling wrote: "Claire! Thanks so much for the friendvite. I somehow missed the announcement for your second and third titles--congratulations! I love the sound of them. Looks like S&S Kids is going to get pretty ..."

You're so welcome! And thank YOU for the kind words regarding my books! I hope you pester away. ;)

P.S. Middle grade books just might be my favorite. No lie.


Wendy Darling Claire! Thanks so much for the friendvite. I somehow missed the announcement for your second and third titles--congratulations! I love the sound of them. Looks like S&S Kids is going to get pretty sick of me pestering them for Claire Legrand titles. ;)

Glad to be in touch here--it's great to snoop the shelves of friends who actually read *gasp* middle grade fiction.

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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Claire Legrand Harlequin Books wrote: "Hello Claire, it is a pleasure to meet you."

And you (y'all?) as well! :)


Harlequin Books Hello Claire, it is a pleasure to meet you.


Claire Legrand It does indeed rock! I'm not too familiar with the Houston area, but glad to know you enjoyed it! :)

Leonardo wrote: "Texas rocks. Lived there for 11 years. If I had to move back I would move farther up north from Houston which is where I lived. Good people."


Leonardo Ramirez Texas rocks. Lived there for 11 years. If I had to move back I would move farther up north from Houston which is where I lived. Good people.


Claire Legrand Ashelynn wrote: "*SNEAKATTACKHUGS* <3"

EEEK. I LOVE those! :D


Ashelynn *SNEAKATTACKHUGS* <3


Claire Legrand Serena wrote: "Nice author page, Claire! Look at you, all profesh and shiny :)"

Hee. Well, it's a start, anyway! Thank you, Serena dear.


Claire Legrand Aleeza wrote: "hi claire! thanks for accepting my friend request :)"

Hi Aleeza! Thank YOU for friending me and for adding my book! :D


Serena Nice author page, Claire! Look at you, all profesh and shiny :)


Aleeeeeza hi claire! thanks for accepting my friend request :)


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