“When I was seven years old, my younger sister Hannah was diagnosed with a very, very rare form of epilepsy and it was very, very, very hard on her and our family. And I had this old book of fairy tales that my mom had been given by her mom… And I’ll never forget it because you open the pages and all the illustrations and stuff were actual pictures of dolls in screened form of whatever the story was they were describing.
And I remember in that moment never wanting an escape more, ever. I just wanted to literally dive into the book. And I then came up with the story about these two twins that went into a fairy tale world and all these adventures they had and they were adventures that I wanted to experience rather than what I was going through. And I promised myself then that if I ever had the opportunity to write it and make it into a book that I would.”
- Chris Colfer (about The Land of Stories, the children’s book series he is writing)