Colfer is openly gay and shared on Access Hollywood that his parents were accepting of him but he was frequently bullied at school.
Colfer wrote, starred in, and executive-produced the coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. The plot revolves around Colfer's character, who is struck and killed by a bolt of lightning, and chronicles his exploits as he blackmails his fellow senior classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he is publishing. It was shot during the Glee hiatus in the summer of 2011.
On June 8, 2011, Colfer signed a book deal to write two novels for children to young adults (age range) the first of which, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was released on July 17, 2012. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, the twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. For two weeks after the book's release it was number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in the Children's Chapter Books category.
Colfer is also writing another movie, in which he will appear as a supporting actor. Colfer also landed a deal with Disney Channel for a pilot based on the book "The Little Leftover Witch".
In March 2012, Colfer was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as Ryan Kendall. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
It was announced on March 16, 2012 that he would present an award at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards. During the presentation of the award for Favorite TV Actress, the special "Exploding Blimp" was placed in front of Colfer by Heidi Klum where it burst open, covering him in the network's trademark green slime.
Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 20, 2012)
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Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker.
At once laugh-out-loud funny, deliciously dark, and remarkably smart, Struck By Lightning unearths the dirt that lies just below the surface of high school.
The film Stuck By Lightning features Colfer's own original screenplay. Colfer also stars in the film alongside Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland, and Polly Bergen.
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