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

WINTERSPELL: AVAILABLE NOW!

Lovely readers!

It’s finally here—Winterspell, my YA Nutcracker retelling, releases today!

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This is a book born from a somewhat freakish obsession with an undying love for the Nutcracker ballet. The story has captivated my imagination since I was a little girl, and I’m so excited and honored to be able to share the result of that fascination with you today.

I hope you enjoy Winterspell—and, if you do, would you please consider posting a review to retail sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.? Reviews are the best, quickest way for a book to find its way into the hands of its readers, and next to buying the book, leaving reviews is the single most helpful thing you can do to support a book and its author.

Okay, now that I’ve said my little spiel, back to celebrating! Yay! There’s a new book baby out in the world! And I couldn’t have done it without the support of lovely readers like you. <3

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manapimp asked:
Hey! Nice to meet a fellow tumblr-author, especially someone who writes about faeries. I love the quotes you've included. I'm going to be looking out for your books :)

Thank you so much! If you read my books, I hope you enjoy them!

Has anyone mentioned that the cover model for Winterspell sort of looks like a mix of you & Emma Watson?

Some people have told me that, yes! I find it incredibly flattering, so thank you! :)

The WINTERSPELL Blog Tour Begins Today!

Happy Monday, lovely readers—and happy first day of fall!

I am SO EXCITED to announce that the Winterspell blog tour, hosted by RockStar Book Tours, begins TODAY!

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WHEN: September 22nd - 26th, September 29th - October 3rd

PRIZES: We’ll be giving away lots of prizes at each stop on the tour—swag packs that include bookmarks, bookplates, character postcards, a full-color map of Cane, and beautiful jewelry from Brass Clockwork's Winterspell Couture collection! Also, someone at each stop will win a finished copy of Winterspell!

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WHERE: Below is a list of the tour stops. I am so thrilled that these wonderful blogs are participating in the tour!

WEEK ONE

9.22.14 | a review of Winterspell at Alice Marvels

9.23.14 | at the Midnight Garden, an essay by yours truly about the power of ballet

9.24.14 | a Q&A about villains, writing middle grade books vs. writing young adult books, and steampunk at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

9.25.14 | a swoony excerpt from Winterspell at Cuddlebuggery

9.26.14 | five of my favorite quotes/passages from Winterspell at Fiktshun

WEEK TWO

9.29.14 | a post about my Winterspell playlist at Novel Sounds

9.30.14 | a Q&A about book boyfriends, my Nutcracker memories, and what it’s like to write a re-telling at Parajunkee

10.1.14 | a Q&A about the Winterspell cover, research and outlining, and what I admire about the character of Clara at Mundie Moms

10.2.14 | an exclusive new scene written from Nicholas’s POV at Two Chicks on Books

10.3.14 | a review of Winterspell at Dark Faerie Tales

WHY: Well, first of all, we are giving away some pretty awesome prizes, if I do say so myself! But beyond that, I’ll also be sharing some fun behind-the-scenes info about the world of Winterspell—and hopefully getting you just as excited about the book as I am!

Meantime, have a great week, and don’t forget to check out the fun Winterspell stuff going on elsewhere!

on Goodreads: giveaway of 50 finished copies of Winterspell

on my blog: part 1 of my Winterspell playlist | part 2 of my Winterspell playlist

on my blog, Winterspell teasers 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

x
Claire

Winterspell teaser #6!
In which &#8230; well. I can&#8217;t really tell you much about this one. Spoiler alert!
An accompanying track, from my Winterspell playlist: &#8220;Lucian and Sonja&#8217;s Love Theme&#8221; from Paul Haslinger&#8217;s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans score.

Winterspell teaser #6!

In which … well. I can’t really tell you much about this one. Spoiler alert!

An accompanying track, from my Winterspell playlist: “Lucian and Sonja’s Love Theme” from Paul Haslinger’s Underworld: Rise of the Lycans score.

Winterspell teaser #5!
This little rhyme refers to a night those in the kingdom of Cane call The Night of Red Winter. On this night, some 70 years before the events of Winterspell, the faeries took over the human capital and killed the royal family—except for the young prince, Nicholas.
An accompanying track from my playlist: “Prince Caspian Flees” from Harry Gregson-Williams’s Prince Caspian score.

Winterspell teaser #5!

This little rhyme refers to a night those in the kingdom of Cane call The Night of Red Winter. On this night, some 70 years before the events of Winterspell, the faeries took over the human capital and killed the royal family—except for the young prince, Nicholas.

An accompanying track from my playlist: “Prince Caspian Flees” from Harry Gregson-Williams’s Prince Caspian score.

Anonymous asked:
OK, silly question, but... I've always wanted absolute silence to write, but lately all that quiet has left me feeling...well, kind of hermit-in-a-cabin-in-the-woods. Since you write to music, and you seem to have a knack for finding good writing music, do you have any tips on how to make the transition from music as distracting noise to music as creative inspiration? Is it even possible? And do you have any tips/suggestions/recommendations for those just starting out writing to music?

Hello!

This is not at all a silly question; in fact, it’s a really good one!

First of all, full disclosure: I used to write to music constantly, but now I mostly write in silence or with some kind of white noise in the background (rainymood.com is a particular favorite).

I still use music heavily during brainstorming/plotting sessions, and sometimes—sometimes—I’ll put a track on repeat while I write a particular scene, just because I really want to plug in to the emotional core of what’s going on, and music helps me zone out and do that.

(Does this mean that sometimes scenes I write to music end up a tad overblown and melodramatic? Yeah, sometimes. But that’s what revisions are for! The important thing is to get the emotions right first; refining them comes later.)

But for the most part, I’ve found that writing in silence or to white noise helps me focus on being more deliberate and thoughtful with what I’m writing. (This is part of my ongoing personal mission to slow down—not just in writing, but in real life, too.)

All that being said, if you do want to try writing to music, I say go for it! It worked for me for a long time, and maybe it will be a nice change of pace for you.

You may be able to make the transition easily, or you may find that writing to music doesn’t work for you. No harm in trying! I would suggest experimenting at first, writing to music that is evocative but not distracting, maybe even a bit repetitive. Keep it low and on some form of repeat (whether that’s a single track or a playlist/album) so that the mood of the music sinks into you but nothing unpredictable jars your focus.

Below are a few tracks I’d recommend you try. They’re moody, beautiful, and have a lot of movement in them, but they’re not so dramatic or fast-paced that they become distracting.

I hope this is helpful! Let me know how it goes!

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Claire

And, since YouTube crashed while I was writing this response, here are a few more without clips:

"Road to Chicago" from Thomas Newman’s Road to Perdition score

"Hand of Fate, Part 2" from James Newton Howard’s Signs score

"Route 12" from Thomas Newman’s Revolutionary Road score

"First Sleep" from Cliff Martinez’s Solaris score

"Welcome to Lunar Industries" from Clint Mansell’s Moon score

Winterspell teaser #4!
In which Clara meets the queen of the faeries—who is not nearly as sweet as her counterpart from the ballet.
To go along with this teaser, a track from my Winterspell playlist: “Bloodlines” from Paul Haslinger’s Underworld score.

Winterspell teaser #4!

In which Clara meets the queen of the faeries—who is not nearly as sweet as her counterpart from the ballet.

To go along with this teaser, a track from my Winterspell playlist: “Bloodlines” from Paul Haslinger’s Underworld score.

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: &#8220;Tavern Stalker&#8221; from Brian Reitzell and Alex Heffes&#8217;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.