i write books for kids and teens. some of them are The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, Winterspell (9.30.2014), and Summerfall (8.26.2014). i also co-wrote The Cabinet of Curiosities (out now).

email me! claire@claire-legrand.com

FROM MY WINTERSPELL PLAYLIST, PART 2

Happy Friday, lovely readers!

Today I’m going to share a few more tracks from my Winterspell playlist. You can see part 1 of this playlist series here.

I won’t give you the full intro spiel here (you can check out part 1 for that), but basically all you need to know is that I use playlists extensively when I write, and the Winterspell playlist became particularly long and elaborate because I had such specific ideas about the look and feel of this world.

So, without further ado, enjoy!

"To Jerusalem" from Harry Gregson-Williams’s Kingdom of Heaven score. This is “theme music,” I guess you could say, for one of the districts of Cane—Kafflock, where the most beautiful humans have been selected and enslaved for the faeries’ delight.

This track, "Dissolve," from Atticus Ross’s score for The Book of Eli, accompanies a moment in which Clara and Nicholas examine a map of the new Cane, and learn of all the terrible things that have happened to the humans there in Nicholas’s absence. I like how this track sounds so ominous and almost like it musically describes someone feeling horrified and overwhelmed—which is certainly how Clara and Nicholas feel at this point in the story.

"The Journey," again from Atticus Ross’s score for The Book of Eli. (Yes, I do very much like this score—so moody and atmospheric!) All I will say about this track is that it goes along with a number of scenes during which Clara is traveling underground—into absolutely certain danger. When listening to this track, I can clearly picture the darkness of the tunnel, the gritty sludge she must crawl through, the lonely circle of her headlight in the black.

Okay, so this track just makes me happy. And you might be thinking it’s an odd choice, considering the mood of the other tracks that have been on this playlist. But that’s 100% appropriate, because at this point in the story, things change drastically for Clara with the appearance of Anise, queen of the faeries. Think Technicolor. Think glamour. Think total, destructive decadence. "Hindi Sad Diamonds" from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, composed by Craig Armstrong. (Who else here was as OBSESSED with Moulin Rouge in high school as I was??)

"Dress Waltz" from Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Legend is a gorgeous, seductive, haunting piece of music that perfectly captures the mood in Part III of Winterspell. And that’s all I’m gonna say, because I don’t want to ruin it for you! *bounces*

I hope you enjoyed this week’s playlist selections! Tune in for more next week!

Until then, happy reading, and be well!

x
Claire

P. S. 18 DAYS!!!

Winterspell teaser #3!
In which a curse is lifted and Clara meets the prince Nicholas, who bears many secrets. Can Clara trust him? Or is that glint in his dark eyes indicative of madness?
To go along with this teaser, a track from my playlist: “Tavern Stalker” from Brian Reitzell and Alex Heffes’s Red Riding Hood score.

Winterspell teaser #3!

In which a curse is lifted and Clara meets the prince Nicholas, who bears many secrets. Can Clara trust him? Or is that glint in his dark eyes indicative of madness?

To go along with this teaser, a track from my playlist: “Tavern Stalker” from Brian Reitzell and Alex Heffes’s Red Riding Hood score.

Giveaway Alert!

Oh my goodness, y’all. These days, it’s all about the giveaways.

SO. MANY. GIVEAWAYS.

It’s only because my publisher and I love my book so much and want to spread said love like melting butter over warm pancakes.

Mmm … pancakes …

This time, it’s my wonderful publisher, Simon & Schuster, hosting the giveaway: 50 (!!!) hardcover copies of Winterspell!

Head on over to Goodreads to enter. And good luck!

x
Claire

Winterspell teaser #2!
In which Clara tries to survive a Christmas party populated by … less than savory characters from the New York City criminal underground.
And an accompanying track from my Winterspell playlist: “Maria Redowa” from Thomas Newman’s Little Women score. Imagine nice music like this soaring through the ballroom of a grand mansion, couples dancing, people laughing—while threats of blackmail and murder whisper along beneath the festivities.

Winterspell teaser #2!

In which Clara tries to survive a Christmas party populated by … less than savory characters from the New York City criminal underground.

And an accompanying track from my Winterspell playlist: “Maria Redowa” from Thomas Newman’s Little Women score. Imagine nice music like this soaring through the ballroom of a grand mansion, couples dancing, people laughing—while threats of blackmail and murder whisper along beneath the festivities.

FROM MY WINTERSPELL PLAYLIST - PART 1

Happy Friday, lovely readers!

I hope you’re ready for some awesome, moody music to get you through the day and into the weekend, because today I’m sharing some tracks from my Winterspell playlist!

Music is always important to me when writing; I create playlists for each book, and often the act of selecting these tracks helps me outline the book more effectively than an actual outline. But I was especially obsessive about my Winterspell playlist—which makes sense, I suppose, considering it’s a re-imagining of The Nutcracker. In ballet, there are no words. Just movement and music, sight and sound.

When writing Winterspell, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted this book to feel to the reader, how the world would illustrate itself through imagery on the page. Listening to music helped me create a soundscape for the story, and from that musical palette grew the look and feel of Winterspell.

Listening to the tracks below will give you a sampling of the look, feel, and sound of the story world—the seedy criminal underbelly of Clara’s New York City, and the wintry kingdom of Cane, where the artifice of glamorous decadence hides a land overrun by machines and drugs and violence.

I’ll be sharing more from my playlist in the weeks to come. I hope you enjoy!

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" as performed by Emily Browning, from the Sucker Punch soundtrack. I love this song as a mood-setter for the beginning of Winterspell, in which we areintroduced to Clara’s dangerous New York City life. At this point, Clara feels like a puppet manipulated by people she isn’t strong enough to fight, and constantly fears for the safety of her grieving family.

"Is It Poison, Nanny" from Hans Zimmer’s Sherlock Holmes score. Clara’s investigation of her mother’s brutal murder leads her to sneak into a very dangerous place—Rivington Hall, home of the underground criminal empire known as Concordia. I love the skewed instrumentation of this track; it fits perfectly with Clara’s corrupt, dangerous, Victorian-era New York City.

"Dead Sister" from Brian Reitzell and Alex Heffes’s Red Riding Hood score. Clara is blackmailed into making a horrible choice—another manipulation she feels helpless to fight.

"Wolf Attack Suite," again from the Red Riding Hood score. You know at the end of the first act of The Nutcracker, when the rats attack? Well … 

"WTF" from John Powell’s The Green Zone score. This short track accompanies a big moment for Clara. She has left her world and traveled to the kingdom of Cane, where massive shifting cities roil beneath elevated railroads, and the air reeks of death. Scattered throughout this ruin, however, is undeniable beauty—faeries in opulent dress, colored electric lights, a snowscape in the distance. It’s bigger than anything Clara’s ever seen, even bigger than New York City. it’s at this moment that it sinks in just how tremendous a journey she’s about to begin.

If you’re thinking this music is all a bit dark … well, you’re right. I like the darkness! Mwahaha!

No, but seriously.Winterspell isn’t really a light and fluffy kind of book. HOWEVER. There are swoony moments, too, so stay tuned for more Winterspell music next Friday!

Until then, be well and happy reading!

x
Claire

P.S. 25 DAYS!!! 

Winterspell teaser #1!
In which Clara steals a moment with the mysterious, fearsome—and handsome—statue kept in the corner of her godfather Drosselmeyer’s toy shop.
And, an accompanying track from my Winterspell playlist: “Existential Itch” by Lamb: 

Winterspell teaser #1!

In which Clara steals a moment with the mysterious, fearsome—and handsome—statue kept in the corner of her godfather Drosselmeyer’s toy shop.

And, an accompanying track from my Winterspell playlist: “Existential Itch” by Lamb: 

Fun news!
Sara Raasch and I are having an awesome double launch event for our YA debuts Winterspell and Snow Like Ashes! 
The launch is from 6pm - 8pm on Thursday 10/2 at Books of Wonder. Sara and I will interview each other, answer questions from the audience, and sign our books. Sara’s book doesn’t officially release until 10/14, so if you come to our launch, you’ll be able to buy a signed copy of her book a whole two weeks early! 
Also, there will be SNACKS.

Fun news!

Sara Raasch and I are having an awesome double launch event for our YA debuts Winterspell and Snow Like Ashes!

The launch is from 6pm - 8pm on Thursday 10/2 at Books of Wonder. Sara and I will interview each other, answer questions from the audience, and sign our books. Sara’s book doesn’t officially release until 10/14, so if you come to our launch, you’ll be able to buy a signed copy of her book a whole two weeks early! 

Also, there will be SNACKS.

thelibraryofcalebxandria:

I really like the way illustrator S.D. Schindler drew the werewolves in writer Laura Leuck’s picture book One Witch (Walker & Co.; 2003).

foundersofhogwarts:

Emma Watson as Rowena Ravenclaw.

requested by anon

I really, really love this. beautiful gifset!

englishsnow:

 Indea Vanmerllin

this made me feel peaceful