Colfer struggled to find the time to write his first
book, "The Land of Stories: The Wishing
Spell." Most of his days and nights were spent
working on the FOX series "Glee."
had a lot more time to work on his latest book,
"The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms" as
the final season of "Glee" wrapped up in
actors working on major projects have some free time as
they wait for the crew to prepare for the next scene.
"Glee" was different. The actors had to juggle
the regular demands of acting with work on choreography
and recording music. Toss in constant attention from the
media and a tour and free time was a premium.
was a tough show to do. It will be regarded as having
the hardest-working cast in television. It was a miracle
what we accomplished compared to industry
standards," Colfer says in an interview four months
after the series finale. He was hesitant to talk to the
press right after the show went off the air.
was on the network series about a spunky high school
glee club for seven years and became one of the biggest
breakout members of the cast. He won a Golden Globe in
2011 and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
Colfer won three People’s Choice Awards as Favorite
Comedic TV Actor.
loved the series, and he knows he wouldn’t be doing
interviews to talk about his latest book if it hadn’t
been for "Glee." But, after seven years, he
was ready for the show to end. Now, he can concentrate
on other projects, such as his continued work as an
helps that the writing has gotten easier for Colfer with
each book. In his fourth offering in the series, twins
Connor and Alex face new adventures that reveal secrets
from their past. Their journey takes them into some of
the best known lands from literature — Sherwood
Forest, Neverland, etc. — as they meet the likes of
Robin Hood and Peter Pan. There’s even a touch of
his characters meet those from "Peter Pan" and
"The Wizard of Oz" are obvious choices for
Colfer, who has always been a big fan of the stories. He
used those books as inspiration for his first books, and
now he’s blended his love and his work together.
"Glee" was still in production, Colfer would
work on his book on the weekend or any of the rare spare
moments he had on set. He calls it good fortune that
just as he was wrapping his first book, there was an
episode of "Glee" in which he wasn’t
featured. That gave him a little more time.
with the extra time, Colfer usually writes in the late,
late hours. It’s nothing for him to work until
love to write at night. I’m a huge night owl and never
been a morning person. I have never not finished a book
until after 6 a.m.," Colfer says. His tradition is
to watch the sunrise when he finishes a book.
loves to write because his books give him the chance to
create something that is 100 percent his vision. On
other projects, such as working on the TV series or
making a movie, Colfer knows that the director has final
control over the product.
his writing reflect so much of him makes Colfer more
excited that the series as been so enthusiastically
embraced. His first book debuted at No. 1 on the New
York Times children’s chapter books best-sellers list
ahead of "Insurgent" and "The Fault in
Our Stars." He gets letters from teachers and
librarians who tell him how much his books are being
used in classrooms.
also very happy he had the writing to keep him busy as
"Glee" was coming to an end. Making the weekly
show was draining.
proud of what he and the "Glee" cast
accomplished during the making of the 122 episodes.
launched me in so may directions," Colfer says.
"I am so thankful for that and aware of what it did
for me. Season one and two seemed to help so many people
who were dealing with things in their own lives that my
character was facing. I think that was the best part of
continues to hear from people who are certain that the
storyline about Kurt’s same-sex wedding had a big
influence on the recent Supreme Court decision on the
kind of talk has added to the struggle Colfer has had
looking at future projects. He feels very spoiled at
what he was able to do during the run of
"Glee" and wants to find the same kind of soul
and benefits in future projects.
will take a special project to get Colfer to return to
television because the schedule is so difficult. He’s
going to take a little break before his next project, a
film based on the life of Noel Coward.
had already made a move to feature films while doing
"Glee," starring in the film version of his
book, "Struck By Lightning." He also wrote the
Mulroney, who played Colfer’s father in "Struck
By Lightning," was impressed by Colfer as soon as
he read the script.
was about 20 when he wrote it," Mulroney says.
"It was an amazing accomplishment for someone that
age and the main reason I wanted to be part of the
for any souvenirs he kept from the show, he kept some of
the clothes Kurt wore, including the sweater he had on
when he sang "Defying Gravity" from
like his new book, Colfer keeps coming back to his love
for "The Wizard of Oz."