Kidsday reporters Kendall Parker, Gionna Altebrando, Anjelia Altebrando and Tess Altebrando, 12 and 14, from Medford and Miller Place, met with singer, actor and author Chris Colfer at Hachette Books offices to talk to him about his latest novel: "The Land of Stories, Beyond the Kingdoms." (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). They really like his latest book a lot, and were just amazed that even though he is only 25, this is his fifth novel. Chris also talked to our reporters about his time on the show "Glee!" All the reporters are huge Chris Colfer fans.
Did your life influence the lives of your characters Alex and Connor in "The Land of Stories"?
Absolutely. I think Alex represented my curiosity when I was a kid and Connor represented my sense of humor. I'm a Gemini and I've always said they're kind of my yin and yang, where Alex is kind of like my smart and practical side and Connor is my witty sarcastic side. So they're definitely me.
Who is your favorite author of fairy tales and why?
I'm going to go with the Brothers Grimm because they're the most classic, with all due respect to Hans Christian Andersen. They're like the founding fathers of fiction.
Was writing something you always loved to do?
Yes, especially when I was a kid. I used to write stories for my action figures and then I would act them out. Although I didn't think it was considered writing at the time.
At any time were you afraid you were going to fail?
Constantly. Now I am, even now talking to you guys I'm afraid I'm going to fail and scar you guys for life. I like it -- it keeps me on my toes.