He started out writing for the Rock & Folk magazine. His musical career was brief and he recorded under the names Melmoth and Dashiell Hedayat [a tribute to Dashiell Hammett and Sadegh Hedayat]. He also used the Hedayat name for his first books before taking on the name Jack-Alain Léger in 1974. He published most of his book under the name Léger and had a best seller with "Monsignore". Later he also wrote books under the names Eve Saint-Roch and Paul Smaïl.