Found this in a airplane magazine on my way to New York. It reads:
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 a 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 achievements.
AMERICAN WAY: Does this feel different than when you have an acting project to promote?
CHRIS COLFER: Yes, I’m 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.
AW: What was your inspiration for the book?
CC: My mother used to read me all the fairy tales. I loved the idea of telling the story 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.
AW: How did the book come about?
CC: After I won my Golden Globe I was approached to write an auto biography. 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. 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.
AW: This is a book for both kids and adults. Did you write for a particular audience?
CC: 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.
AW: Did you find the writing process similar to creating a character for a show?
CC: 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 realise it.
(via danishanne)Source: chris-pychicken
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