writing life

Inside Cornelia's Notebooks

If, one day, you find yourself talking with Cornelia Funke, you'll likely find your eyes drawn to one of several A4 notebooks she carries with her—to events, to the beach, scattered around her home. Just looking at the covers, it's clear Cornelia is an artist of both words and images, and her doodled collages lend so much character to the notebooks in which she writes her stories.

Cornelia's Background Music

From corneliafunke.com - Many of Cornelia's readers ask what she listens to while she's building the magical worlds we've come to know at love. She recently responded with the following:

"Oh yes! There's almost always music playing while I'm writing or illustrating...for Inkheart, it was the music of the troubadours or music by Bach. Behind the mirrors, it is music from the 19th century - Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Beethoven. And I've just recently bought some Indian and Japanese music for [Reckless Book 4] The Islands of the Fox."

When writing, Cornelia enjoys listening to music from the period in which the story she's working on is set. Most of thM<e time, that's quite different than what she enjoys listening to when, say, driving her car. "Some of my favorite driving songs," she says, "Are, for example, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers."

Check out these playlists Cornelia made for us: one for writing the worlds we love to see from her, and one for when she's exploring this world!

Reckless Series/MirrorWorld Playlist:



* SOSPIRI by Cecilia Bartoli (Cecilia has been one of Cornelia's favorite opera singers for a long time)
* AIR ON A G STRING von David Russell

For Driving & Merriment, Cornelia's Wild Playlist:

* The National
* Alabama Shakes
* Radiohead
* Bon Iver
* Jeff Buckley
* Phosphorescent
* Rolling Stones
* Sufjan Stevens
* Frightened Rabbit
* Diana Krall
* James Blake
* Eels

* Patti Smith
* Lou Reed
* Red Hot Chili Peppers
* Counting Crows
* Damian Rice
* Patty Griffin
* Aretha Franklin
* Neil Young
* Paul Simon
* Ray LaMontagne
* Dire Straits

And last, but not least
* "Wild Thing" by The Troggs!

Who are your favorite bands to listen to?