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Ask the Author (Almost) Anything: Cornelia Funke, author of the MirrorWorld series

Teenscape Department, Central Library,
Part of the Los Angeles Teen Book Fest Sign

Cornelia Funke will be at Teen Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Classically Inspired panel at 11am in Teen'Scape. Cornelia will be signing copies of the MirrorWorld series in Meeting Room B at 12pm.

The picture of a multiple award-winning Garman author Cornelia FunkeCornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German author. The Thief Lord was her first translated work to hit the United States followed by Dragon Rider. They were both a success as was Inkheart, which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature Award. Many of her books have been translated into English, including the Inkheart trilogy, which tells the tale of 12-year-old Meggie who lives with her father, Mortimer, a bookbinder. Mortimer never reads stories aloud to Meggie because he has a special gift: when he reads a book aloud, the characters come out of the book and into the real world.

The Reckless series is Funke's latest work. Reckless and the sequel Fearless were inspired by Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The story takes place in multiple worlds, with plenty of magic and danger. Jacob (the main character) has traveled for many years between worlds using a mirror. One day his brother Will, follows him into the mirror and ends up being cursed. Crossing lush landscapes, meeting wondrous creatures, and battling dangerous foes at every turn, Jacob will have to use everything he knows about the MirrorWorld to save his brother.Book Cover of Reckless

We asked Cornelia about her favorite fairy tales and the best fan letters she’s ever received. Here’s what she had to say:

1. Which fairy tale is your favorite? Which one do you think has influenced your writing the most?

There are two German fairy tales i call my favourites (though of course since I research fairy tales from all over the world for MirrorWorld I love many others): The Six Swans and The Goose Girl. I can't say how much they influenced my writing - there are so many books, tales, events in my life that do....i would always say that The Once and Future King by T.H.White was the tale that had the greatest impact on me

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and what would you do there?

I would go to Russia, as I am currently working on The Golden Yarn, the third book in my MirrorWorld series. I would follow the travels of Jacob and Fox all through Ukraine to Moscow and then through Siberia into Kazakhstan.

3. What’s the best piece of fan mail you ever received?

There are far too many magical ones to pick one! My Writing House is filled with treasure sent by my readers. There have been some extremely touching letters like the one from the family of a dying boy who read Dragonrider or from a female soldier who read Inkdeath in Iraq, a letter from a woman who said that Thief Lord gave her the feeling of family for the first time in her life....every time someone writes that my stories gave shelter and hope is unforgettable, but there also the ones that just talk of the joy of enacting my you see I can't choose one!

4. What are one or two books that inspired you when you were a teen?

When I was a teen it was probably The Once and Future King but i also read many so called adult books, Steinbeck, Dickens, Doris Lessing, I loved science fiction, thrillers.....I was a book eater (I still am) so it is impossible to just name two. I am also hesitant to call a book a teen book. I feel that doesn't do justice both to the readers and books.


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