Cornelia Funke is Germany's bestselling children's author after J.K. Rowling and R.L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English language market with the release of THE THIEF LORD, the enchanting New York Times best-seller. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed novel INKHEART and the picture book THE PRINCESS KNIGHT. Ms. Funke lives in California.