Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now Ms. Legrand is a full-time writer living in New Jersey. She has written two middle grade novels—The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012, and The Year of Shadows—as well as the young adult novel Winterspell. Visit her at and on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.

Books by this Author

Some Kind of Happiness
The Year of Shadows
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Whatever happens is best." My dad told me this one. As someone who is way too hard on herself, this helps me remember to breathe, chill, and take a step back to find perspective when things are at their most hectic.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Aside from grammatical errors, when people are disingenuous. Don't fake it to make it; play nice and be true.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Compassion. An open mind. An honest heart.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Severus Snape. He's not really a villain in the end, but he was the first "villain" to make me sit up and take notice on an intellectual level. I adored trying to figure him out as the books progressed.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I would love to be a foley artist. Or an interior designer with oodles of money to spend. Or a wildlife photographer -- in another life when I'm not so afraid of bugs.

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