Renee James is the pen name of a Chicago-area transgender writer. In her male identity, James has been a full time freelance writer following a long career as a magazine editor and owner. James has won dozens of awards for journalistic excellence and authored a biography. As Renee James, she has authored Transition to Murder, which won the Chicago Writers Association Indie book of the year and was a bronze medalist in Foreword Book Reviews, and A Kind of Justice. Seven Suspects is her third novel. James is a spouse, parent and grandparent. She is also a Vietnam veteran, licensed hairdresser, and wilderness adventurer. She has struggled with gender identity issues since childhood but never let her gender define her. Instead, she has worked to define herself according to her human values and what she does with her life.