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Chris Colfer struggled to find the time to write his first book, “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.” Most of his days and nights were spent working on the FOX series, “Glee.”
He had a lot more time to work on his latest book, “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms” as the final season of “Glee” wrapped up in March.
Generally, actors working on major projects have some free time as they wait for the crew to prepare for the next scene. “Glee” was different. The actors had to juggle the regular demands of acting with work on choreography and recording music. Toss in constant attention from the media and a tour and free time was a premium.
“ ‘Glee’ was a tough show to do. It will be regarded as having the hardest working cast in television. It was a miracle what we accomplished compared to industry standards,” Colfer says in an interview four months after the series finale. He was hesitant to talk to the press right after the show went off the air.
The Clovis East graduate was on the network series about a spunky high school glee club for seven years and became one of the the biggest break-out members of the cast. He won a Golden Globe in 2011 and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. Colfer won three People’s Choice Awards as Favorite Comedic TV Actor.
BuzzFeed had the chance to catch up with the Glee actor about the latest novel in his fantasy series, The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms. Here’s what he had to say.
While the world is most familiar with Chris Colfer for playing Kurt on Glee, there’s more to the 25-year-old than singing and acting. Colfer is also the author of a New York Times best-selling children’s series, The Land of Stories.
In the first book in the series — The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, which was released in July 2012 — we meet twins Alex and Conner Bailey who accidentally teleport into different fairy tale worlds when they read their grandma’s book of fantasy stories. The fourth installment in the series, The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms, was published July 7, and now readers get to follow their favorite characters as they embark on even more adventures.
BuzzFeed had the chance to catch up Colfer and talk about his writing process, the possible movies based on the books, and the advice he’d give to his younger self. Here’s what he had to say:
1. Chris Colfer came up with the idea for The Land of Stories when he was very young.
When did you first come up with the idea for The Land of Stories?
Chris Colfer: I first came up with the idea for The Land of Stories when I was about 7 years old. I loved fairy tales and reading and I so desperately just wanted to jump into the stories that I read.
Seven years old is very young.
CC: There’s a thin line between creativity and insanity.
2. The goal behind his fantasy series is to escape reality.
Do you remember what your inspiration originally was for those stories?
CC: I had a pretty complicated childhood because I had a sister that was constantly sick and going in and out of the hospital. I think I used reading and fairy tales as a way of escaping, and I so desperately wanted to truly escape and magically travel into a magical world where problems weren’t real.
3. There isn’t just one main character in The Land of Stories — there are two.
Why did you decide to have two main characters — Alex and Conner — instead of just one protagonist?
CC: I’m a Gemini, so the main characters represent both sides of me. I thought that would be a great, unique way of portraying the protagonist.
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