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

He is here for your questions and comments.

Christie on 10 December, 2019

A very happy birthday to you, dear Cornelia! Hi Insa and Guesty, how are you? I've been very busy this year, and there's exams in every month (tomorrow too ) I really miss the Barn and my Barn friends a lot!

We miss you, too There will be a Chrsitmas chat soon

Zara on 7 December, 2019

Why does Cornelia write?

Hi Zara, Cornelia wrote her first book because she was an illustrator, but she was awfully bored with the books she had to illustrate — so she decided to write her own stories And recognized that her passion for storytelling is as strong as for drawing and painting.

Lunalia on 7 December, 2019

The mini-Christmas Tree is adorable

Arctic Fox on 5 December, 2019

Greetings Insa and Guesty! What is Cornelia’s favourite Mirrorworld book (Kitsune included)? What’s your favourite Mirrorworld book and why? Mine is Living Shadows because I love the French folklore and the backstory of Celeste, also Bluebeard was very intriguing. Somehow I didn’t really get The Golden Yarn but probably have to reread it

Hi Arctic Fox, I was touched most by book three, but I also like Living Shadows very much. As to Cornelia, it is always the book she is just working on, which means, Kitsune is currently her favourite.

Melissa on 4 December, 2019

Hi insa, how are you and guesty and cornelia? Each time I talk about this barn, I miss my barn family and all that amazing chats we used to have. Is there any chat near? On the Last chat, I was not there because if my visit to one of our relative's house. But this time, I think I could come. Please will you a barn chat soon? Bye...

Dear Melissa , I've just announced our Xmas Barn Chat. Have a look at our news. It's on 22 December. I hope, hope, hope that you will be able to join us

Loreto on 1 December, 2019

Hello Cornelia. I want to offer one of your books to my 7 year-old daughter in Spanish (I would read it to her; it is my mother tongue). She is a Berliner and she has much more experience hearing long stories in German read by her father, like your Herr Der Diebe or Drachenreiter, which she enjoyed much! I read some preview pages of Inkheart in Spanish (which seems to be one of your most sold books in Spanish) and it seems to me that the language will be hard for her to follow. Could you maybe recommend me another book of yours that could be more suitable for a young girl in terms of the language used? Thanks in advance and our warmest greetings to you and all your family for this end of the year and for 2020

Hola Loreto, maybe Apártate de Mississippi, or as a read-aloud for the holiday season Detrás de las ventanas encantadas? Warmest wishes from Germany, Insa and Guesty

Lunalia on 1 December, 2019

Yay! I’m happy and I can’t wait for the advent calendar!

Katherine Liu on 1 December, 2019

Hi Insa, I’ve been trying to download the Mirrorworld app but it just won’t work. Might it be outdated or something?

No, it isn't, Katherine. That's strange. We checked and it works. You know that it is only available for iPhone and iPad, don't you?

Ellis on 29 November, 2019

Hello! I fell in love with Cornelia’s writing when I read Ghost Knight. The book has always read as if it is meant to have a sequel to continue John and Ella’s adventures. Has Cornelia ever considered writing a companion to Ghost Knight? Wishing all the best, Ellis.

There are no plans for a sequel, Ellis

Lunalia on 27 November, 2019

Hi Insa, how are you? Sorry I haven't been on the website in ages! I've been reading The Thief Lord! I was split between whether to forgive Scipio.

Hi Lunalia, I'm fine. How are you? I'm just preparing our annual website advent calendar

Zara on 25 November, 2019

Hi! I am doing a website about you for school. Do you have any unique skills besides writing?

Hi Zara, Cornelia is an educated book illustrator. She loves drawing and painting. And she is a passionate knitter Warmest wishes from Germany! Insa and Guesty

Jaylee on 25 November, 2019

why did u decided to write??

Hi Jaylee, Cornelia wrote her first book because she was an illustrator, but she was awfully bored with the books she had to illustrate — so she decided to write her own stories

Feuerelfe on 25 November, 2019

That's good to hear . I'm fine, too, thanks. "See" you soon then, I guess .

Birke on 24 November, 2019

Vielen Dank, Insa! Mir und ich hoffe (fast) allen anderen ist das Thema nämlich sehr wichtig!

Birke on 22 November, 2019

Hallo, ich bin's mal wieder! Ich habe eine Frage: Angesichts des Klimawandels gibt es viele coole Ideen, die auf das Problem aufmerksam machen und versuchen, die Zukunft zu retten. Bäume sind ein wirksames Mittel, gegen die Klimakrise, weil sie viel CO2 binden können und deshalb ist es natürlich nicht so schlau sie abzuholzen... Ich bin eine ziemliche Leseratte, habe aber immer ein schlechtes Gefühl, wenn ich ein Buch kaufe. Aber neulich erhielt ich ein tolles Buch, welches zum größten Teil aus Altpapier bestand und bei dem auf die Plastikverpackung verzichtet wurde. Ich fand das eine sehr, sehr coole Idee und fände es toll, wenn die nächsten Bücher von Frau Funke auch so sein könnten. Könnten sie ihr das vielleicht vorschlagen Insa? Ich wäre darüber sehr, sehr froh und es wäre ein toller Beitrag zum beenden des Klimawandels. Viele Grüße, Birke

Ich leite deine Anregung auf jeden Fall an Cornelia und ihren Verlag weiter, liebe Birke ... So, gerade habe ich Antwort von Cornelia: Cornelia wird es versuchen, aber leider haben die Verlage Angst, Bücher ohne den Plastik-Schutz zu verschicken, weil sie dann sehr viele beschädigte Exemplare zurückbekommen. Außerdem kannst du natürlich gebrauchte Bücher kaufen?  

Feuerelfe on 21 November, 2019

Aww, just read some of the entries and I miss our chat family, too. Got quite a lot to do at the moment, but I'll definitely try to join, if there is a chat soon! How are you, Insa?

Hi Feuerelfe , I'm fine, thanks. How are you? I'm going to announce the next chats soon. Promise

Tatyana Danilova on 20 November, 2019

Dear Mrs. Cornelia, Good day to You from Ukraine. We kindly ask your favor on the following matter. We are organizers of the International Korneychukovsky Children's Literature Festival, which is held annually in Ukraine, in the city of Odessa, since 2012. You can find more information regarding the festival in the attachment to the letter and at the official festival website: korneyfest.com We kindly ask you to consider the opportunity to become an honorary guest of the festival. It will be held during period from 6-st to 9-th of August 2020. We kindly invite you to meet with the readers of your books - children, teenagers and adults. We are confident that such event will be interesting for the audience. It might be very good popularization of the science for children as well. Please let us know if You could kindly consider our proposition generally. If so - the details could be discussed and mutually agreed at the latter stage in due course. Looking forward to hear from You, With Kind regards, Coordinator of the festival Tatyana Danilova

Dear Tatyana, thank you so much for the invitation. We are very sorry, but as for 2020/2021 Cornelia is working on new book projects and wants to dedicate herself to her foundation. She is not scheduling any new events. With kind regards, Insa (Cornelia's sister and contact person for all general questions).

Marie on 19 November, 2019

Hi! I just finished Inkdeath, and I enjoyed it so much I started over with Inkheart for a book report! I love your books so much!

Thanks for your entry, Marie, and welcome to Cornelia's website

Sorcha on 15 November, 2019

If I live in Australia, then should I send my letters to Cornelia to her UK address or her US address? (Or directly to where she lives)

You can send them to the US address, Sorcha

Sorcha on 13 November, 2019

Hello! I discovered about this treasure set called "Spiegelwelt" that complements the Mirrorworld series. It was in German and looked so beautiful! It has all those plant and creature guides and would it be availble in English?

I will forward your wish to Cornelia and her publishers, Sorcha

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