Leigh James


Meet Leigh James!

 Tracey Hanlon PhotographyWhat made you choose Red Adept Editing?

I’d used several freelance editors in the past, but I was still looking for the right editing “fit.” I heard about Red Adept from several authors on Romance Divas, a writing forum I frequent. As soon as I went to the Red Adept website, I had an “aha” moment—I loved seeing the available slots listed and the different types of packages available. There was something to suit every need I might have, and it was very user-friendly and business-oriented.


You have worked with Cassie Cox. What did you enjoy about working with her?

Cassie is amazing. On my latest book, she was ruthless while being kind—which I didn’t know was possible, ha ha. She not only fixed a lot of my lazy writing, she also made sure that the narrative was cohesive and logical in all aspects. Her input was priceless.


What’s your favorite part of writing romance?

I love writing something that can make people happy. If I can put a smile on a reader’s face or make them laugh, my whole life has been made.


What part of self-publishing do you enjoy the most?IMG_1046

I love the control. I never thought I would enjoy running my own business, but the opposite is true. When you self-publish, you have the ability to be nimble. Nothing is holding you back—except in my case, the need to make dinner, take my kids to baseball, 9,000 loads of laundry—sometimes those things hold me back. But only if I actually do them. 🙂


Tell us a little about your newest release, Ex-Billionaire Escort.

Ex-Billionaire Escort was formerly titled My Stepbrother, My Escort. It’s the second book of my Escort Collection series, and it’s about a disinherited bad boy who goes to work as a paid date for his ex-stepsister. It’s fun!


Do you have anything exciting in the works?

I do! I’m working on a new billionaire series, and I am loving the characters. They are keeping me (and each other, LOL) up at night.


You have some pretty steamy covers. Who does your cover work?

Thank you! The lovely and talented Yoly Cortez of Cormar Creations does most of my work.

Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations recently re-branded my Liberty Series, and she was amazing.



What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I have three boys. If I’m not feeding them or going to the grocery store to get more food to feed them, I am carting them around to various sporting events. And loving every minute of it, I might add!


What advice would you give to a new author?

There is so much to learn, but the most important thing is to write your book. Focus on writing the best book you can. That is your first job. Everything else will be there to learn (and probably will have changed five times, given the nature of today’s publishing environment) when you’re done.


Where can readers find you?