A Message From Cornelia

When you open Reckless on the first page you'll find the following line under the title: as found and told by Cornelia Funke and Lionel Wigram.

I never thought I'd ever work on a book with someone else. Why should I? I was surrounded by my characters and they were very entertaining company. But one day I met Lionel and he had the idea for a world, which I liked so much that I finally decided to write a novel about it (in fact not just one, but probably four).

Lionel produces movies (he works on the Harry Potter-movies and developed Sherlock Holmes) and has never told a story in a book, but of course I wanted him to be part of it as he had found the door to this new and wonderful world. So for the first time in my life I travelled into an imagined world with a real companion and – it was the greatest writing adventure I've had so far!

We met every day for many months to talk about our characters and the places we wanted to take them to. We fought about the right path through the labyrinth of their story and made each other explore corners of this new world where we would never have gone alone. Then I sat down to do the writing.

I still write in German, so my cousin Oliver, who also translated The Thief Lord translated what I came up with for Lionel, as he is British and doesn't know a word of German (though he likes to make fun of it:). Then we met again to add things or take them apart – and off I went to write the next draft. I usually do four to five drafts of a book but Reckless was the first book that developed both in German and English, which was another adventure!

We just finished working a few months on Part 2 of Jacob's adventures and once again we found so many things I wouldn't have found alone. So...if you ever want to tell a story but get bored to tell it alone try with one of your friends! They may know a way when you don't. They may ask questions you wouldn't, bring characters you'd never have met – and they'll make you find out more about your own writing than you could ever find out alone. Maybe that's how stories were told once – by friends sitting by a fire chasing the night away by spinning golden tales :)

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Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke was born and raised in Germany, just like Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. In German, “Funke” is pronounced “FOON-kuh” which means spark. Cornelia grew up in a small town which wasn't a very adventurous place so she became a book eater at the age of 5 and loved her walks with her father to the public library from which they both returned with piles of book treasure. 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 home town. 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 for sure were either very old or very dead.

Since then she has written more than 50 books! Best known for her Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, and now Reckless, Cornelia is an internationally bestselling and award–winning author. She has even been named by Time magazine as one of the "100 most influential people in the world today." Cornelia currently lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books.

Lionel Wigram

Writer and producer Lionel Wigram has always been a fan of great adventures! When he was young, his favorite book was The Prisoner of Zenda because of the swordfighting and wonderful baddies. Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in some of the most notable (and adventurous) films to arrive on the big screen, like "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole," “Sherlock Holmes,” and the Harry Potter series.

Lionel lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lidija, two daughters Ella (13) and Mila (8), and a very loud parrot named Ziggy. He loves French fries, reading, movies, old cars, and playing the guitar.