JT LeRoy been a publishing sensation since his first novel came out in 2000. His stories are described as being autobiographical — which may be a problem as it becomes clearer that LeRoy is a hoax. The story sounds familiar to commentator Paul Ford. His novel Gary Benchley, Rock Star is based on a fictional character that many people believed was real.
Monday's New York Times reports that the JT LeRoy who has appeared in photographs with celebrities like Courtney Love is really a young woman, and his writing is likely done by a 40-year-old female rock musician.