Cornelia arrived in New York City thirty years ago with two suitcases and a typewriter. Since then she has tried to combine her art history background – she holds a M.A. in art history and anthropology from the University of Tübingen, Germany – her experiences traveling around the world for seven years, and her love for writing.
In New York and San Diego she was an art educator at museums such as the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Mingei International Museum. For ten years she served as director of the School of the Arts and Arts Education at the Athenaeum of Music & Arts in La Jolla. She taught Western and Non-Western art history at colleges and universities in San Diego, and continues to write and lecture with an emphasis on Women Artist and Conceptual Art. In 2016 she founded Konstellation Press, an independent publishing company for genre fiction and poetry. Her first novel, Spring of Tears, an art mystery set in France won the San Diego Book Award. House of the Fox set in Anza Borrego desert and Private Universe, a coming-of-age story and art mystery followed. Death of a Zen Master, a mystery set in a remote Zen Monastery is now available.
The short story anthology Magic, Mystery & Murder, co-edited by Cornelia and Tamara Merrill, won the San Diego Book Award in 2019. The anthology Modern Metamorphoses was published by Konstellation Press in 2020. Cornelia’s short stories appear in various anthologies. For more details go to konstellationpress.com.