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Actor Chris Colfer put pen to paper for his latest project.
Chris Colfer has already proved himself a triple threat, deftly singing, dancing and acting on his hit show, Glee
. Turns out, the 22-year-old Golden Globe winner is the rare quadruple threat: He can write too. Colfer’s debut novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
— a magical story about two kids who suddenly find themselves face to face with real-life fairy-tale characters — hits stores this month. Colfer fills us in on how he added author to his list of accomplishments.
Does this feel different than when you have an acting project to promote?
Yes. I’m a little … scared. It’s all me. There are no writers, no directors, no other actors. Just me. So there’s a lot of ownership in that.
What was your inspiration for the book?
My mother used to read me all the fairy tales. I loved the idea of telling the stories behind the fairy tales, of showing the other side. Like, Sleeping Beauty wakes up and has a lot to deal with. She has to put her kingdom back together. Or Cinderella — it wasn’t such a happy ending, you know. Half the kingdom was furious because they didn’t want the prince marrying a peasant girl.
How did the book come about?
After I won my Golden Globe, I was approached to write an autobiography. And I thought an autobiography was ridiculous. Let me hit 25 before I tell the story of my life. But I’d had the idea for this book in my mind since I was 10, so I suggested it. Honestly, I’ve thought about these characters for so long — I knew what they would look like, I knew what they would say — that I wrote the first five chapters in about a week.
This is a book for both kids and adults. Did you write for a particular audience?
You know what, I just wrote what came naturally. Readers under 30 seem to really love it, and everyone who is over 30 tells me they cry when they read it. I think it reminds them of their own childhoods.
Did you find the writing process similar to creating a character for a show?
Definitely. I don’t know that I consider myself an actor or a writer, just a storyteller. Because all of these things tell stories. I think most actors are writers; they just don’t realize it. —Allison Winn Scotch