Born in New York and educated at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Roy has been Associate Editor for the nationally renowned Beloit Poetry Journal, and for the national desk of The New York Times

He received a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan, where he wrote and directed "Persona Non Grata," an Ann Arbor International Film Festival prize winner.

As a graduate student of poetry, Roy’s work was among those selected by Poet Laureate Robert Hayden for inclusion in the year’s BEST AMERICAN POETRY anthology.

As a songwriter, Roy has written for Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Gloria Estefan, Alan Jackson and many others, while under exclusive contracts to Warner Brothers and EMI Music. He's received numerous BMI Most Performed Song Awards, Million Performance Awards, and gold and platinum certifications, with songs in the “top ten” on the Billboard charts, and featured in such films as Top Gun, and Donnie Brasco, 

As a screenwriter, Roy has written for DreamWorks (Salvati), Warner Brothers and Sony (Winged Creatures), and with Debrah Neal for Fox Searchlight (Frontin’).  

As a novelist, Roy wrote WINGED CREATURES (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). Published in five languages, the novel was one of five fiction finalists for the Southern California Independent Bookseller’s award 2009. He adapted it for the 2009 feature film (re-titled Fragments), starring Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson, Josh Hutcherson, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Walt Goggins. 

Continuing projects include Mercy Road, an action / drama shining on a light on the international trade in counterfeit medicine. Matt Berenson (Place Beyond the Pines, Secret in their Eyes) is producing. 

Most recently, Seattle 5th Avenue Theater has commissioned Roy and his wife Debrah Neal to adapt Anne Rice’s CRY TO HEAVEN for the stage.  Roy's upcoming novel DEPRIVATION will be published by Meerkat Press.