‘Glee’ star finds fresh suc­cess as chil­dren’s lit au­thor

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY LAU­REN LA ROSE

As Chris Colfer turns the page on his hit chil­dren’s book fan­tasy se­ries, the for­mer “Glee’’ star turned au­thor is em­bark­ing on a new chap­ter and bring­ing his lit­er­ary work to film.

“Worlds Col­lide’’ is the sixth and fi­nal book in the se­ries “The Land of Sto­ries,’’ which fea­tures clas­sic fairy-tale char­ac­ters con­verg­ing in new ad­ven­tures. Colfer is em­bark­ing on a 20-city book tour that will in­clude a stop in Van­cou­ver on July 29.

The new­est in­stal­ment ar­rives just as Colfer set­tles in to work on the screen­play adap­ta­tion of “The Wish­ing Spell,’’ the first book in his se­ries, which will also serve as his di­rec­to­rial de­but. Mon­treal-born Shawn Levy (“Ar­rival,’’ “Stranger Things’’) and his com­pany 21 Laps are on board as pro­duc­ers.

“On one hand, it is in­cred­i­ble, be­cause I get to tell the story again,’’ Colfer said dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view in Toronto.

“When I look back at the first book, peo­ple re­ally love it; but be­cause I wrote it, I see all the mis­takes that I made. I see ways I could have been a bet­ter writer.

“It’s won­der­ful that I get a chance to kind of make it bet­ter in a way, but it’s also ter­ri­fy­ing, be­cause you have a lot of stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives to please. And af­ter that, you’re go­ing to have a wave of crit­ics to please and then hope­fully — most im­por­tantly — the read­ers.’’

While Colfer made his mark belt­ing out tunes as Kurt Hum­mel on “Glee,’’ his pas­sion for writ­ing pre­dated his star-mak­ing turn on the smash mu­si­cal com­edy-drama, which ended in 2015.

“‘The Land of Sto­ries’ be­gan when I was a lit­tle kid. It was a story I used to write just to en­ter­tain my­self,’’ said Colfer, 27.

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