Books have to be heavy because the whole world is inside them.
If I was a book, I would like to be a library book, so I would be taken home by all different sorts of kids.
I will try to write books until I drop dead.
Everything gets to me. I'm very sentimental.
Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people.
And my father always took me to the library. We were both book addicts.
I live in Hamburg; that's in the north. And I live on the outskirts of town. It looks like countryside.
I don't like to eat the same dish every day, so I read very different things.
Every German child learns to speak English in school.
Oh, I think every author is inspired by all of the books that she reads.
There are not so many mythical creatures from Inkheart.
I love to read, I love to watch movies, and I love to be with my children.
My son always says I like very weird music.
And I plan to write a sequel to Dragon Rider.
My grandmother told stories; she was very good at that.
I wish I had more time to visit schools.
They are shooting The Thief Lord in Venice at the moment.
A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.
Yes, I always imagined living in other places.
I always thought it hadn't influenced me very much, but I heard from many people from England that many motives from German fairytales are to be found in my books.
Second, there are so many magical places in books that you can't go to, like Hogwarts and Middle Earth, so I wanted to set a story in a place where children can actually go.
I like to visit my horse, have a walk with my dog.
I have two Iceland horses, a very hairy dog called Looney, and a guinea pig.
And I always read the English translation and always have conversations with my translator, for example about the names. I always have to approve it.
I just did a picture book called The Wildest Brother on Earth, and you will find both of my children in there.