YAuthor Talk is a monthly feature where we ask our favorite authors 5 random questions just for fun! Join us for bookish musings, crazy tangential conversations, and more. This month we’ve got the adorably dark Claire Legrand, author of Middle Grade books, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, and The Year of Shadows; and Winterspell, her upcoming YA.
1. What book is on your main character’s nightstand right now?
Clara (from Winterspell) is currently engrossed in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. The elements of dual worlds, warring magical races, and forbidden love totally speak to her. Also on her nightstand is her godfather Drosselmeyer’s collection of handwritten stories about strange things like pirate queens and men made out of stars, blind white dragons and grieving women who turn the world to winter. She’s beginning to think maybe his stories have more truth in them than she has always believed. (Dun dun DUNNN!)
2. If you could insert yourself into any bookish moment, which would it be?
I really, really, REALLY want to go traipsing about the roofs of a parallel universe Oxford with Lyra and Pantalaimon from His Dark Materials. It’s a tie between that and practicing with Dumbledore’s Army in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Dying to find out what my Patronus would be. I also might want to jump about midway into A Game of Thrones and knock some sense into Eddard Stark.
3. If your book had a soundtrack, what would be the opening song?
I actually have made a playlist for Winterspell, and the first song on it is “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” as performed by Emily Browning for the Sucker Punch soundtrack. It perfectly fits the dark and gritty atmosphere of Clara’s New York City, which is where Winterspell begins
4. Which YA do you wish had been around when you were a young adult?
If we’re talking high school, I would have to say either Graceling (I think it would have inspired me to get back into writing sooner than I did), or The Miseducation of Cameron Post (so I could have shared it with all my high school friends).
5. You’re stranded on a desert island. Which three books would you want with you, and why?
Fire by Kristin Cashore – It’s one of my comfort reads. Sometimes when I’m feeling stressed, I pick it up and read a chapter just to feel better. I imagine I’d feel pretty stressed if I were stranded on a desert island.
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran – One of the funniest books I’ve ever read.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Another comfort read–this one nice and hefty!
The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.
Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.
Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.
Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.