James Roy was born in western New South Wales in 1968 and spent much of his childhood in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, adventuring by day and reading books at night. Then one day, tired of reading books by dead people, he decided to start writing his own.
Since his first novel was released in 1996, James has written a number of critically acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction for young people, including the CBCA Honour Books Captain Mack and Billy Mackís War, and six CBCA Notable Books.
In 2008, Town also won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young Peopleís Literature in the NSW Premierís Literary Awards, as well as the Golden Inky in Australiaís only teenage choice awards.
Hunting Elephants was his first release with Australian publisher Woolshed Press. His latest release for teens, Anonymity Jones, will be published in March 2010.
James lives with his family in the Blue Mountains. He enjoys trying to make music and art, doesnít like olives very much, and hasnít entirely abandoned his dream of sailing around the world.