Before Roy wrote his novel, BELLÊME The Norman Warrior, he gained his National Diploma in Design at Waltham Forest Art College, now the University of East London, England. He also studied photography under the celebrated film director Ken Russell. Russell’s influence still pervades Roy’s photographic style. He continued his art/design studies with the Czech sculptor Franta Belsky and his wife Margaret, a noted cartoonist and illustrator. He then joined a London Advertising agency as graphic designer before moving towards magazine and newspaper journalism.
Whilst researching for a photographic book project, Castles of England and Wales and their builders, at the British Library, Roy came across the name of the 12th century nobleman and engineer, Robert de Bellême. He was so fascinated by this man, that he felt the story of Bellême had to be told. The result is his first historical novel, BELLÊME
The Norman Warrior.
A sequel is in preparation, with a further two novels planned.