A new image maker
Our "Magical Image Makers" have been joined by a new impressive artist: The Ukrainian author and illustrator Oksana Bula.
Drop by and get inspired: corneliafunke.com/en/stories/magical-image-makers/
An Email from the frozen world
How is Cornelia’s book "Dragon Rider" related to Antarctica? Two new (and very special) articles in our "Stories" section unravel the mystery . Curious? This way, please ....
My new favourite writing table... :)
Lavender harvest at a friend’s farm. From 6-8 before the bees come!:)
A very special guestRead message
A new section for Cornelia's website
For over a decade of corneliafunke.com we have been telling stories about Cornelia and her books.
The most interesting ones you will find in our new "Stories" section. Enjoy!
Draw A Bird Day
Draw A Bird Day is April 8th of every year. It is an unofficial holiday, but it has been celebrated for over 70 years. It originated in the United Kingdom. You can find the background story HERE. On Instagram we asked Cornelia's followers to share their birds with us. And here they are! Thanks to Andrea, Nadine, Ani, Nelly, Jana, and Elli >3
Draw A Bird Day Birds - back for more
Dear Cornelia, my daughter Nelly (12) spent the first day of school holidays reading Inkspell and watching a magpie couple. The birds are currently trying to make a nest on our balcony (though I doubt our dog Lou will accept it ;)). So your instagram post on "Draw A BIRD DAY" came right on cue. Here is Nelly's magpie sketch. All the very best from Germany! Birgit
A badgie, drawn by Jana
A very good idea :) Here is my watercolour bird. I had much fun drawing it. Yours, Jana
... and in case you feel like drawing a bird on a run-of-the-mill-day, we are looking forward to more pictures: email@example.com
Most loved booksRead the letter
I’ve read so many books in my life that one could fill a library with it (well, I did read half of the library in the small town I came from) and they all taught me something about writing and story telling.
But there are a few that were unforgettable and so wonderful that I want to read them over and over again. I can’t list them all – luckily there are many of them. Here is a small but precious selection.Next page
Cornelia has moved - and her website got a makeover.
A former Agriturismo in Tuscany will be Cornelia's home and meeting place for her "Artists in Residence" for the next few months.Read message
Cornelia landed in Pisa on 1 September 2021. She has bought an estate nearby that for many years had been an Agriturismo. Here she plans to continue her Artist in Residence Project — initially for one year.
Below you will find a letter from Cornelia in which she explains how she decided to move from California to Italy. So a lot has changed, and a lot will continue to change. Not least her website.
In California, on Cornelia's farm, there used to be an old barn that she had turned into a writing house. And for a long time, the website looked just like that barn. But now the barn is no longer suitable. Everything on the estate in Tuscany is slowly coming together. The furniture is still on its way by ship, and Cornelia is also only gradually settling into her new home, but she is eagerly organizing and rearranging the former farm. The garage has already been converted into a studio, the old tavern got a new kitchen and the equipment for the recording studio is complete. At the same time we have been trying to redesign page by page for you. We decluttered a bit here and there, created more clarity — at least we hope that you will find your way around and that you will like it. Only the guestroom needs another fresh coat of paint and a bit more cosiness.
If you'd like to comment or send us a message before we open the guestroom and guestbook again, we are looking forward to your emails: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To my dear readersRead the letter
I’ll have all my artist friends come to teach music, animation, writing and whatever else we come up with. There will hopefully be rain and no fires, but let’s see! The world is changing everwhere. I look forward to be back in Europe as I miss my friends and family there. And I know all the wonderful friends I found in America will come and visit – and are luckily very exited that I move to Italy.
Well, most of my characters end up in Italy in my books, so it is not that much of a surprise, is it? And my Italian will hopefully soon be as fast as it once was!
Sending my best wishes,
My writing room is almost ready for The Color of Revenge:)