OR Melling was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada with her seven sisters and two brothers. At eighteen she hitch-hiked to 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" and she has ended up in other wonderful countries such as India and Outer Mongolia. During her years at university, Melling was a reservist with the Royal Canadian Navy, gaining the Queen’s Commission and the rank of Sub-lieutenant. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and Celtic Studies and an M.A. in Medieval Irish History. Melling’s books of young adult fantasy weave spiritual themes with high adventure in the tradition of her favourite author, C.S. Lewis. Her bestselling series The Chronicles of Faerie was listed among the American Library Association’s Top Ten Fantasy Books for Youth and Top Ten Youth Books for the Environment. Melling also writes screenplays and adult novels. Her books have been translated into many languages including German, Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Melling lives in a small town by the Irish Sea.