Glee star Chris Colfer now a bestselling children’s author
In the end, surprising as it was, Kurt Hummel and his high school sweetheart, Blaine, were married and expecting a baby — with their friend Rachel Berry the surrogate.
Beyond that, Chris Colfer hasn’t wondered about the character he played for six seasons on “Glee” — a role that won him a 2011 Golden Globe, two People’s Choice Awards and two Emmy noms.
“I don’t think about it at all, and I know that’s going to break many ‘Glee’ fans’ hearts,” Colfer said on the phone. “I think I was so shocked that he was married with a child at 24 that I ceased to imagine any further.
“That’s a little early. I hope kids realize that that was just maybe a little bit of an exaggeration.”
In truth, “kids” might not know Kurt Hummel at all. Since the Fox series ended in 2015, Colfer has made more of a name as a bestselling author of a series of books for middleschoolers called “The Land of Stories.”
Colfer, 27, has been writing since he was very young, first as a way to pass the time after he underwent lymph-node surgery and spent three months in the hospital recovering, and then as a way to escape the bullying that forced him to be home-schooled in the seventh and eighth grades.
The stories revolve around a set of twins, Alex and Conner Bailey, who magically travel through a book of stories and come face-toface with the fairy-tale characters they grew up reading about.
The first book, “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell,” was released on July 17, 2012, and spent two weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Seller List’s Children’s Chapter Books Category. Each of the four titles that followed have charted at No. 4 or higher.
“I never thought the series would become what it’s become, and that’s wonderful,” Colfer said. “It’s funny. Being on television really gave me a great platform to become an author, but it really was an uphill battle. For every one person that you have buy your book, many will have refused because you were an actor on television.”
He writes in the guest room of his Laurel Canyon home, at a red desk with twin beds — one with a Star Wars coverlet and the other with Mario Bros. (“It’s a glamorous life.”) But in truth, he writes every day, every where.
“Sometimes I don’t have a pen in my hand or a computer opened up,” he said, “but I am always generating stories in my head. Whether I do anything with them or not is the battle. I have no idea where it all comes from. I am just thankful that it comes.”
This sixth book is not necessarily the end of the Bailey twins.
“I always want to hold onto the right to change my mind,” he said. “I may come back and do a series that takes place in the future, or a prologue that is based on their grandmother’s life. I’ll never be able to answer whether this is it.”
He has partnered with 20th Century Fox to adapt the first “Land of Stories” book into a film. Not only will Colfer write the script — but it will be his directorial debut.
At some point, he is going to have to cast the twins.
“I have thought about it ever since we started having the film talks,” he said. “The people that pop into my head that I want for the film are very lightly known and then become huge stars.”
So he may have to go with completely new faces — which is what Colfer was when he auditioned for “Glee” without any professional experience. Creator Ryan Murphy bumped another character to make room for Kurt, who became one of the first openly gay highschoolers on television.
And now this: six novels, illustrated picture books, audiobooks, an upcoming graphic novel and a movie.
Chris Colfer has made a name for himself as a bestselling author of a series of books for middleschoolers called “The Land of Stories.”