Wednesday, 11 September, 2019

An Update

Hello from Malibu! You haven't heard from me for a long time.
A lot of exciting things have been going on here on my farm.
I finally had some time to sit down last night to tell you about my work and what I have been up to.

1. Kitsune – the fourth adventure behind the mirrors…
… is my priority right now. I’m working on the third draft, so I still have some way to go. But love being back behind the mirrors! I’m positive that we can get the book into readers’ hands by next fall.
2. Dragon Rider 4
The numbering of this adventure may be a little confusing to some, but we told the third one as an audio play in "The Volcano Adventure". Freddie, who had his first appearance in that story will be playing a big role in the fourth adventure (he’s already one of my favorite characters!)

The first draft is half done. I hope I get to continue writing it in November, when I put Reckless aside for a bit before tackling its fourth draft.
3. The Color of Revenge
The fourth Inkworld story is so important to me that I will be taking my time to finish it. It’s just about half done, and I hope to continue in January. But it certainly won’t be finished before 2021.

I also want everybody to know that my charity here in Malibu which supports young artists, and my work on environmental and immigrant issues is right now at least as important, if not even more important to me than my writing. I see it as my duty to work against all the darkness that’s rising in our world, be it nationalism, racism, or the ruthless plunder of our natural world. I love telling my stories, and I will continue to do so. But in these times, we all have to fight for what we believe in. Being a German, I am particularly aware of what might otherwise happen. So … please be patient with the books and all their sequels. If I’m not writing, I’m sitting here in Malibu, discussing with young artists what they’re working on, and I support the lawyers who work for immigrant children, or I help to release rescued sea lions back into the ocean … and … and …

And that brings me to another project I haven’t mentioned yet: I’m working on a children’s book about plants with Tammi Hartung, who has already written many wonderful books about herbs and how to grow and use them. I will do the illustrations, and I’ll be writing some of it, but most of the knowledge comes from Tammi and her Desert Canyon Farm in Colorado. The book will be in English and German, and we just finished the pages about dandelions!

Last but not least: this little library is for Kate, the small daughter of Elizabeth Dragga, one of my co-workers. But we’re planning to gift lots of these ‘suitcase libraries’ to schools . These libraries won’t contain my books, but rather some of the wonderful books about plants and animals I’ve found.
And what else do I get up to? Feeding the donkeys, the ducks, and the dogs.
Planting trees. Painting signs to all the places my visitors come from (or dream of!).
We put up three burnt trees as signposts, and they are filling up rather wonderfully! 


Ms. Dustfinger on 24 January, 2020

I am SOOOOOO excited for The Color of Revenge! I read Inkheart almost fifteen years ago, and I can't wait to read about what happens next! These books have inspired so much of my own writing, so thank you!!

Kim on 22 December, 2019

I’m looking forward to both the next book in the Reckless series and the Inkworld series! It’s tough to be patient! Thank you for your hard work!

Sorcha on 21 November, 2019

The chests are just so beautiful! And there are names inscribed as well! Is it custom made? I really want to buy one... Thank you for the update and I can't believe I just noticed it.

Rachel Herceg on 20 November, 2019

I reread your Reckless series regularly. The second one actually smells like incense due to where it sat on my shelf for so long. I'm so excited for book 4. I've been waiting for it for a long time. I'm also excited for this new inkworld book. It's the first I'm hearing about it.

Sierra on 6 November, 2019

I love your Ink-Books, I read them yearly and I'm just in 6th grade. I love books, so I have many, however I keep only one shelf well dusted and loved incredibly well, and that is your shelf of books. When I just read that you were making a fourth one, I started to hyprovenilate and jump up and down. Your books inspired m to try to learn to book bind and try to juggle and learn tricks with fire. Dustfinger is my favorite character.

Botanica on 11 October, 2019

So glad we have a solid update on Inkworld 4 & Mirrorworld 4!

Tami Lykens on 3 October, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to update us, lovely Ms Funke! I am happy to hear of your 4th Inkheart book. As a fellow author, I find you inspirational, even in your "besides-writing" life. Godspeed.

Chalotte on 2 October, 2019


RONALD C SANDERSON on 22 September, 2019


Welcome to Cornelia's website, Ronald, and thank you for your beautiful message