Renee James is the pen name of a Chicago-area writer who lives in two genders.
In her male identity, James has been a full time free-lance writer for several years, following a long career as a magazine editor and owner. James has won dozens of awards for journalistic excellence and authored a biography. As a novelist, her first book, Coming Out Can Be Murder, was the 2012 Chicago Writers Association Indie book of the year and a bronze medalist in ForeWord Reviews' LGBT book of the year competition. Coming Out Can Be Murder was republished in March, 2014 by Riverdale/Magnus Books as Transition to Murder.
James is also a husband, father and grandfather. She is a Vietnam war veteran, licensed hairdresser, and wilderness adventurer. She has struggled with gender identity issues for decades. Active in the Chicago transgender community, James edited the Chicago Gender Society newsletter for many years, and participates in many of the other groups and activities that make the Chicago transgender community one of the most vibrant in the world. Renee's follow up story to Transition to Murder is the book A KIND OF JUSTICE which is the second novel in the Bobbi Logan trilogy, published in October 2016 by Oceanview Press. The third and final installment of the series is called SEVEN SUSPECTS and was released Oct. 3, 2017.