RJ (Roger Jon) Ellory was born in Birmingham England. He never knew his father and his mother died when he was seven years old. He attended a series of boarding schools till the age of 16, when he returned to Birmingham to live with his grandmother. He began a graphic arts course, but dropped out after one year when his grandmother died.
Ellory spent 3 months in prison for poaching. He and his brother were living in a house without light or heating so they decided to steal chickens from a local monastery. The chickens were named after Canadian provinces and they ate Alberta.
Ellory played guitar in a band and studied philosophy, religion, psychoanalysis, psychology and drug rehabilitation techniques as well as the works of Socrates, Plato, Kant, Hubbard and many others. He also read fiction extensively and his interest in fiction grew.
He began writing his first novel in 1987 at the age of 22. It tool till his 23rd novel, after hundreds of rejections for ‘Candlemoth’ to be published in 2003. Since then he has continued to develop a following in the UK and more slowly in the USA.
His novels to date are:
- Candlemoth (2003)
- Ghostheart (2004)
- A Quiet Vendetta (2005)
- City of Lies (2006)
- A Quiet Belief in Angels (2007)
- A Simple Act of Violence (2008)
- The Anniversary Man (2009)
- Saints of New York (2010)
- Bad Signs (2011)
- A Dark and Broken Heart (2012)
- The Devil and the River (2013)
- Carnival of Shadows (2014)
- Mockingbird Songs (2015)
- Chicagoland (2015)
- Kings of America (2017)