Cornelia Funke was born and raised in Germany. She grew up in a small town called Dorsten. Books were, as Cornelia says, her windows and doors to the world. They promised adventure and hundreds of interesting characters she couldn't find in the streets of her hometown. Nevertheless she never imagined that one day she'd write books herself. She thought this to be quite a magical skill only performed by very mysterious beings who were either very old or very dead.
Since then she has written over 50 books. Best known for her Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, and now Fearless, Cornelia is an internationally bestselling and award–winning author. She has been named by TIME magazine as one of the "100 most influential people in the world today." Cornelia currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her daughter Anna, her son Ben and her dog Luna.