Pat Conroy (born 26 October 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia USA), is a New York Times bestselling author who has written several acclaimed novels and memoirs.
Born Donald Patrick Conroy, he was the eldest of seven children (five boys and two girls) born to Marine Colonel Donald Conroy, of Chicago and the former Frances "Peggy" Peck of Georgia.
Conroy's stories have been heavily influenced by his upbringing. His father, a US Marine Corps pilot, was physically and emotionally abusive toward his children, and the pain of a youth growing up in such a harsh environment is evident in Conroy's novels, particularly The Great Santini. Military assignments also caused the family to move frequently, and Conroy claims to have moved 23 times before he was 18.