Based in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, A J Le Roy has been writing ever since he could form letters on a page. Works include radio serials (Willow Tree Manor and Mutiny at the Estate) and "Gordon's Apprentice", a novella that has been well received by readers of all ages. As a writer, he fuses personal experience and wild imaginings to create worlds unimaginable.
As an independent author, A J Le Roy has started ALR Publishing to assist emerging authors who may not have the time or patience to get their creations to print.
Describe your desk
My desk looks out over a part of my yard where I can see irises and a couple of big pine trees. The rest is a bit of a dust bowl at the moment until I can find time to get into the garden! But the desk space itself? I've got photos of people who are important to me, some artefacts of my travels (some lanyards and media passes from my time in commercial radio are amongst the favourites) and a good set of speakers - I love to get get some music going while I'm typing away.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Sydney in the 1970's/80's. We knew everybody on our street (well, a good hundred metres either side of our house) and my family was a pretty close unit. This comes through in my writing with the different characters and their personality traits. I also got to exercise my imagination as child - one fond memory is building pretend cars out of milk crates with my best friend and pretending to drive to new and amazing places from in front of her grandparents' corner shop. We always seemed to put a smile on the faces of the passers by.