... that is how we call our little, chubby colleague and you can call him that, too.

He is here for your questions and comments.

Shelby on 24 June, 2017

Hi. I've been reading the Inkworld trilogy almost every year for the last ten years now (it's my absolute favorite series) and I've always loved Dustfinger and his family. We get to see what his relationship with Brianna was like both before he left and after he got back, but I always wondered what Rosanna was like, how her relationship with Dustfinger was, and would she have forgiven him when he came back, if she would have lived?

Hi Shelby, Cornelia is currently working on Book four of her Inkworld series, so soon there will be hundreds more pages for you to read every year Warmest wishes from Germany, Insa and Guesty

Coral on 21 June, 2017

Your stories make my heart happy

Chloe on 20 June, 2017

Hello Gusty and Insa! I've been a fan of Cornelia's books for years now and have been meaning to go back to them once my exams are over. I was wondering what books Cornelia has read, liked and recommend to her readers? Many thanks

Hi Chloe, we will post a list of some of her favourites this week Keep an eye on our news!

Aleksi on 14 June, 2017

When I was younger I was the only black kid in my village. I love my family more than anything, but as the only black child of a white family I stuck out like a swore thumb. I was uncomfortable, I wanted to look like everyone else more than anything. My sister used to read to me and it must have been about 2006 we read Inkheart. I must admit, eight year old me wasn't interested in sitting still for anything, let alone my sister speaking for hours. But Rhodes came home one today and she'd bought Inkspell from a charity shop and insisted we read it. And we did (or she did, to me) and after a few days I was introduced to the Black Prince. As an eight year old, reading about this fantastical knife welding, rebel 'prince' who had his own bear and stood up to all the baddies and fought for what he believed in - and was admired and liked for it, it's a good message for any child. But the fact the prince was black - that that is said it everytime you mentioned his name - he was like me. Your books gave me confidence, the Black Prince became my very own superhero and I can never be thankful enough. The Inkworld trilogy means so much to me and I thank you for the prince. You actually changed my life. (and when Rhodes told me you were writing a sequel, I may have actually screamed. I am very excited and I wish you all the luck with writing it)

Dear Aleksi, this is one of the most beautiful and touching entries we have received since we started this website. Thank you so much. By the way, the Black Prince is still one of Cornelia's favourites among all her characters Warmest wishes from Germany, Insa and Guesty

Marissa on 14 June, 2017

I am speaking for Ellie and all the other people who believe Farid and Meggie should be together. First of all, Cornelia, I am Ellie's best friend and along with our other friend, we played Inkheart at recess. Yeah, we loved your books THAT much. Originally, we played that we were Farid and Meggie's daughters- but that changed when we read Inkdeath. Oh, and all Ellie's "comments" as some people call them were because she was just connecting everything from the stories. First of all, when ms. Dust finger said that in Fenoglio's story Doria would marry a woman from a far away land who was related to a book binder, we must remember that in another one of Fenoglio's stories, one of Capricorn's henchmen would kill Dustfinger, that never happened. So not all the stories are true. Second of all, Farid and Meggie were (in my opinion) perfect for each other. They had known each other throughout all three books and Doria just appeared in the third one. Cornelia, I understand that you think Doria and Meggie should be together, and I get that, but what I don't understand is how after all their love in Inkspell, they didn't continue it in Inkdeath. And my final reason: I believe Farid and Meggie made the story flow. I think it was their love that brought Dustfinger and Mo closer. They together got to the castle of knight. Working together they rescued all the people imprisoned by the adderhead. Cornelia, Ellie and I and our friend, Bridget love your books a lot; all the words flow together perfectly and we get the characters. We enjoyed the books a lot, but I must confess, I liked the books a lot better when Meggie and Farid are together. Thank you and best wishes from Marissa!

Olivia on 14 June, 2017

This is a message to Cornelia. I love your books so much! They have been such a nice "breath of fresh air" from a lot of other new books out there. Your books made me cry and laugh, and I love reading them over and over again. Your writing is inspiring, THANK YOU SO MUCH! ;-]

Welcome to Cornelia's guestbook, Olivia, and thank you so much for your charming entry

Tessa on 13 June, 2017

Hello Guesty! I'm a big fan of the Inkworld series, and I'm really excited for the new book! I'm also an aspiring writer, but right now I don't really know what to write. I have lots of unfinished stories that I have a general plan for, but I don't know exactly what should happen next. I was wondering if Cornelia has ever felt like that, and if she has some tips for me. Thank you!

Hi Tessa, this is what Cornelia would give as advice: "You have to have patience and collect ideas about something you're really passionate about. Characters you want to talk about and that readers would want to read about. Then collect ideas for pl...Read more

Hayley Charpentier on 10 June, 2017

I have just one question... I've read every single guest book entry and you are saying Colour of Revenge is a 'sequel' to the Inkworld trilogy. Does this mean it's a book four or a next-generation story? I will love it either way!!!

It's book four of the series, Hayley All the very best from Germany! Insa and Guesty

Ms. Dustfinger on 8 June, 2017

Just another question... when Inkdeath was written, lots of people asked what Meggie's brother's name was, but the response was always that only the characters of the Inkworld knew the answer. It has since been revealed that his name is Dante... so just wondering why there was so much secrecy, even though now we know the answer. Were you just as surprised as we all were to be writing book 4 that you had thought you would never need to know what his name would be??

No, the name was revealed to me when I met my cousin Gabriel's son Dante Best from LA, Cornelia

Ms. Dustfinger on 8 June, 2017

Just a comment to other "commenters"... while I personally pair Meggie with Farid, it is important to the story that she ends up with Doria. From what Fenoglio wrote (albeit not in the Inkheart book but on some paper lost in one of his desks), Doria marries a woman from a distant land who tells him many stories which inspire his creations. This is exactly what happened between Doria and Meggie. While Fenoglio didn't know it would be her, he set it up anyways. In my opinion, this means that Meggie didn't really have a choice. She admits that she still *thinks* she should be in love with Farid--she wonders when her heart stopped skipping a beat when she saw him, but she admits that he still has the most beautiful eyes--but the story has shaped Meggie just as much as she has shaped it. Had she stayed out of the book, she very well could have ended up with Farid, but she was meant to become a part of the Inkworld and fulfill the role Fenoglio had written. This would also explain why she is planning to get married in this book: while she would be too young in our world, she has truly become a character in Fenoglio's, where getting married at 18 is a natural custom. If someone is still upset that Meggie chose Doria, don't think about it in terms of the characters themselves... think of it as a wise and appropriate literary device to prove the powers and dangers of being a Silvertongue.

Diana Dutova on 7 June, 2017

Helloy Guesty! This letter is intended for Cornelia Cornelia, how are you? You inspire me to write poetry. Your books make me cry and smile. I'm worried about each of the positive hero. I wrote to You on Twitter, sent a photo of the roses for inspiration, as well as congratulating You on the holidays, but I'm extremely comfortable that I did not congratulate You on your Birthday, but I remember Your birth date. I hope that we will continue to chat on Your official website and Twitter. Looking forward to the release of a new book. I think it will be the same exciting story as in the previous parts))) With best regards and wishes of inspiration and success, Diana)

Welcome to Cornelia's website, Diana, and thank you so much for your charming entry Insa and Guesty

Puru on 6 June, 2017

Greetings to Insa and Guesty! What kind of music does Cornelia listen to while writing? (P.S. I remember reading it somewhere but I couldn't recall where)

Hi Puru, when writing or illustrating, Cornelia likes listening to classical music, especially Bach and Purcell.

Caroline Jacobs on 5 June, 2017

I'm a third grader from South Windsor CT, I'm 9 years old and I love reading! Especially fantasy. Cornelia's books are the perfect thing. I own Dragon rider and Igraine the brave. I sent Cornelia a letter today when we were at library. I hope to get a letter back. I'm a BIG fan! I'm totally not excited to go away for the summer on July 11. I can't wait to get a letter back. I also love dragons and Knights. Castles, Queens , Kings, and feasts. I love fantasy! Please try to reply soon. Thank you, Caroline Jacobs

Welcome to Cornelia's guestbook, Caroline, and thank you for your entry Insa and Guesty

Hayley Charpentier on 3 June, 2017

Hey!! Does Cornelia have any information to send out to the public yet about Colour of Revenge? You know, like the back of a back? I just can't wait any longer!!!!

Soon, Hayley. Promised!

Lily Bookworm on 2 June, 2017

I read Inkheart and Inkspell recently, and am really looking forward to reading Inkdeath. Cornelia Funke is a amazing author. I love your books.

Charlie on 2 June, 2017

Could you ask Cornelia if she could meet any fabulous creature from her dragon rider book, which one it would be and why

Firedrake! Cornelia wrote Dragon Rider because flying on a dragon was the one thing in life she really wanted to do and she knew that writing about it was the closest she would probably come to the actually experiencing it. So she simply imagined it – something she has always been rather good at.

Banoo Afkhami on 2 June, 2017

Hi Cornelia, You met me and signed my book at your reading in Menlo Park, and said that I should get in touch with you about going to the Rim. I am the musician (who likes to sketch and write as well), if you don't remember. Thank you!

Hi Banoo!We are still setting up the project. Could you remind me in Jan 2018? Just email directly to twigleg@mac.com! And maybe you can send samples of what you do? Thank you so much for contacting us!!!! Warmest wishes, Cornelia 

Dallas on 1 June, 2017

the series inkheart the charactor's meggie, dustfinger, and farid are the best carictors meggie farid/ he can talk to fire she can read out of a story people like her father did to farid.

Ezra K. on 1 June, 2017

Hello again, it's been quite awhile since I wrote in the guest book, back when it had numbers, I believe my latest one was somewhere in the 600s. But, anyhow, I just wanted to say hello, that I'm still working on my stories, and I graduated high school yesterday. I hope you all have a good day

Hi Ezra, so happy that you're back Please become a regular again Insa and Guesty

Hayley on 29 May, 2017

Hello, Insa and Guesty! I've already posted 6 entries under the name 'Big Inkheart Fan,' but figured 'let's just use a fake name.' I wanted to tell Cornelia that I'm only 11 years old and have already started writing. She is my inspiration for writing, and, for an eleven years old, I think I'm doing a pretty good job. I learned from her, and would like to thank her for that. I could really use some advice, though, because my writing can always be improved. From your biggest fan, Hayley Charpentier

Hi Hayley Cornelia would tell you, that you have to have patience and collect ideas about something you're really passionate about. Characters you want to talk about and that readers would want t...Read more

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