Born in Ireland, O.R. Melling grew up in Toronto with her seven sisters and two brothers. At eighteen, she hitchhiked across Canada and down through California, seeking adventure. A year later, she was off to Malaysia and Borneo on a youth exchange program. That set her motto for life, "to travel hopefully." She has a BA in philosophy and Celtic studies, and an MA medieval Irish history. To date, her books have been translated into German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Czech, and Slovenian. She lives in a small town by the Irish Sea with her teenage daughter, Findabhair, and her cat, Emma. Visit her Web site at www.ormelling.com.