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 Claire-Legrand.com and on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.

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Some Kind of Happiness
Winterspell
The Year of Shadows
Summerfall
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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’s your greatest fear?

A. The fear of mediocrity and failure.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. My first instinct was PIZZA -- yes, in all caps -- so I'm gonna go with that.

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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

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

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