― Cornelia Funke, Inkspell
Cornelia Funke is a German author. She wrote the "Inkheart" trilogy, which is the only series I've read more than once because I loved it that much. When I think of the first book in the series, "Inkheart", I remember reading by firelight, and the scent of wood smoke mixed with the tang of printed pages. Hushing rain, thunder, darkness and warmth. With the power out, I shared close to the same setting as the main character, Meggie, in the first scene of the book as I read it.
Cornelia Funke, I learned, was an illustrator who grew bored of the stories she had to illustrate, so she began to write her own.
I had characters in mind myself, but never once did I think I could try to write their story. I subconsciously believed writing was someone else's art, but when I read about the author in the back of "Inkheart", I remember thinking for the first time I should write a story too.