O.R. Melling was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada with her seven sisters and two brothers. Her home is Bray, Co. Wicklow, a small town by the sea, but at present she is helping to run a Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the Irish countryside. This work has brought her to Outer Mongolia and across the Gobi Desert. Melling has a BA in Philosophy and Celtic Studies and an MA in Mediaeval Irish History. Her award-winning books have been published worldwide and translated into many languages.