|Cornelia Funke at the Inkheart New York premiere|
Cornelia Caroline Funke
10 December 1958
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Cornelia Caroline Funke (born 10 December 1958) is an award-winning German author of children's literature best known for writing the Inkheart trilogy. Her work mainly fits into the fantasy/adventure genre.
Cornelia was born in Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia, on 10th December 1958, to Karl-Heinz and Helmi Funke.
After finishing her studies, Funke worked for three years as a social worker. During her social work she focused on working with children who came from deprived backgrounds. She had a stint illustrating books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the sorts of stories that had appealed to the deprived children she had worked with. During the late 1980s and the 1990s, Funke established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Funke has been called "the J. K. Rowling" of Germany; although she was highly successful in Germany, the first of her books to be translated into English was Herr der Diebe in 2002. It was subsequently released as The Thief Lord by Scholastic and made it to the number 2 spot on The New York Times Best Seller list. Her fantasy novel Dragon Rider stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list forever . Following the success of The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider, her next novel was Inkheart, which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which was continued with Inkspell, which won Funke her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. The trilogy was concluded with Inkdeath. Funke also worked as a producer on the film adaptation of Inkheart.
Cornelia married printer Rolf Funke in 1981. Their daughter, Anna, was born in 1989 and their son, Ben, in 1994.The Funke family lived in Hamburg for 24 years, until they moved to Beverly Hills in May 2005. In March 2006, Rolf Funke died of cancer.
Be aware the following list is only about the works translated into English.
- The Princess Knight (2004)
- A Princess, A Pirate, And One Wild Brother (a collection)
- When Santa Fell to Earth (2004)
- Igraine the Brave (2007)
- Saving Mississippi (2010)
- C.H.I.X. (2011- )
- Ghosthunters (series) (2006-2007)