Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey (although her heart will always live in her home state of Texas).
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; and Winterspell, a young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker. Some Kind of Happiness, her middle grade novel about mental illness, family secrets, and the power of storytelling, is a 2017 Edgar Award Nominee. Claire’s latest novel, Foxheart, is a classic fantasy-adventure and a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection. She is one of the four authors behind The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of dark middle grade short fiction that was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Book, and among the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2014.
Her young adult horror novel, Sawkill Girls, received five starred reviews. It is also a 2018 Bram Stoker Award finalist and a 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist. Furyborn, an epic fantasy novel for young adults, debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, and is the first book in the Empirium Trilogy. The next book in the series, Kingsbane, was also an instant New York Times bestseller. The final book in the series, Lightbringer, released October 13, 2020.
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Claire answered most musical.
Other Fun Facts
- When I'm at home, 95% of the time I have the Great British Baking Show on in the background.
- The first book I ever wrote was when I was in the 3rd grade. It was about a wild mustang named Cinnamon who was captured by ranchers determined to tame her and break her spirit, but, lo, her spirit could not be broken.
- In addition to being a novelist, I am also a librarian.
- I used to be an orchestral trumpet player and dreamed of performing with the New York Philharmonic.
- For a ninth-grade project, my best friend and I rewrote an act of Romeo and Juliet that, instead of Capulets and Monagues, starred characters from Star Trek and Star Wars. Captain Kirk was Romeo; Princess Leia was Juliet. Really.