Friday, January 11, 2008

Green Earth Book Award

I won! I won! I won! (I am so mature.) Ach, but I am utterly thrilled. I've been informed that "the panel loved the book [The Light-Bearer's Daughter], thought it was incredibly well written, and loved the strong environmental stewardship message." They are flying me to Maryland in April for the award ceremony which takes place during a children's and young adult literature festival at the University of Salisbury. Will post more when I get more information, as their website hasn't been updated yet. Brilliant way to start the year along with the Top Ten list, eh? Now back to work.

8 comments:

Laura said...

Congratulations O.R.!!!! You can be mature later, right now just enjoy your accomplishment ;). Is it the revised or original version of TL-BD that won? Have a great time on your trip!

OR Melling said...

Yep, revised version. It's three times the size of the original. Same story, but lots more scenes. And thanks for congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations from Germany, too.
As I promised, here is feedback for Your first german book. The german version of “The hunters moon” has arrived today, now called “Im Schatten des Elfenmonds”. My english version is from HarperCollins, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, 1993 and I have to admit, that I like these Cover more – but, maybe its only more familiar.

And, what a mystical coincidence, with the same post I´ve got the DVD of the concert of “Celtic Voices – A new journey” recorded at Slane Castle. Did I mentioned, that I read my first O. R. Melling book during a journey across Ireland that took me to the Wicklow Mountains, New Grange and Tara. A lot of memories awake, reading the first three chapter of Elfenmond and I recognise that the same pictures become vivid in my mind as years ago. There is no different now between the english and german words. The text is able to take me into touch with the magical side of celtic Ireland. I will report, how the whole book (in german language) feels for me. My first impression is quite positive. Greetings from Germany, Jürgen

Laura said...

Arrrrrgggghhh! Why won't another publisher in Canada publish the new books? Well I guess I have yet another reason (not that I needed one though ;)) to travel to Ireland - to pick up your revised editions!

OR Melling said...

Dank, Jurgen, for your comments. I'm sure my German translator will be pleased. She's a wonderful woman and I met her here in Ireland (see pic in earlier blogs, November I think). You will eventually find differences from the HarperCollins edition because the German edition is based on the new revised American version and therefore it has entirely new scenes. Hope you like them!

OR Melling said...

Well, Laura, you won't find the new editions in Ireland either! At the moment they are only in America and other languages. However, my agents are negotiating with a London publisher for UK, Commonwealth, and Eire rights, so with any luck you should see the books in Canada by Fall of next year, fingers crossed! (I think you'll really like this adult work I am writing, too. It's my best yet.)

Jürgen said...

The Deed is done! Fantastic! It works in german, too. I felt like being back in Ireland. And now the northwest of Ireland is on my travel list. Do all the places really exist on the Isle of Inch? In 3 or 4 month I´ll be on Arran, visiting the Whiskey Distillery and the relicts of ancient times. Only 150 km away from Inch, like the eagle fly. I hope Your other books will be translated and published in the near future. It´s just the same story but sounds a little different. And, in fact, it´s less complicated to read my native language. It took about 7 hours and I´m a slow reader. Greetings, Jürgen

OR Melling said...

Dank again, Jurgen. Delighted to hear the translation is excellent, though not surprised after meeting the translator. If it sells well in Germany, you will see the others, so fingers crossed. And, yes, the places on Inch exist: Dunfinn and the old Fort and so on. Alas, Meitheal, the New Age healing community is no longer there. (I was a resident-member for 9 months when Finn was a baby. Must post some pics. It was a sister community to Findhorn.) All the places in my books are real, includng Faerie!