BIO: Claire Legrand writes fantasy and science fiction for all ages and is repped by Diana Fox of Fox Literary. She used to be a professional musician until she realized she could no longer ignore the stories in her head. Now she writes fantastical tales and works as a ninja librarian, which, let's be honest, is pretty rad for a day job. Her daemon is an ocelot but sometimes a unicorn. Claire is a born and raised Texas girl but for a while now has felt that she would like to leave Texas and wander the world armed only with her laptop and nunchucks, both of which she can forsooth wield mightily. When presented with the choice to high five or not to high five, she will always choose TO HIGH FIVE.
DEBUT: THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, (Simon & Schuster BFYR, Fall 2012)
Everything about 12-year-old Victoria Wright gleams, from her perfect grades to her perfect blond curls to all the labeled boxes in her spotless bedroom. But when her best friend Lawrence disappears, Victoria must quite unexpectedly -- and quickly -- learn how to lie, sneak, and break the rules to save herself, Lawrence, and her beloved hometown from the evil clutches of Mrs. Cavendish, who runs the local orphanage. Very Bad Things are afoot at the Cavendish Home. Trouble is, the citizens of perfect-on-the-surface Belleville seem to be in on it, including Victoria's parents. It's up to Victoria alone to uncover the mystery and stop Mrs. Cavendish's sinister plan -- even if it means getting a little bit messy.
DISCLAIMER: Claire's debut will probably give you nightmares. Or at the very least make you buy a nightlight. You have been warned.
5 FICTIONAL FRIENDS FOR THE APOCALYPSE: Lyra Silvertongue & Iorek Byrnison (His Dark Materials), Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly), Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire), Selene (Underworld)