Glee star Chris Colfer now a best­selling chil­dren’s au­thor

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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.

ROB KIM, GETTY IM­AGES

Chris Colfer has made a name for him­self as a best­selling au­thor of a se­ries of books for mid­dleschool­ers called “The Land of Sto­ries.”

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