j. leigh bailey

...because everyone deserves a happy ending


j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of... well, everything...but some habits aren't worth breaking. She's been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She's a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending. 


She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character's name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.


Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance. 

Upcoming Events....

April 25-26, 2014--Spring Fling--Chicago North RWA's Writers Conference, Chicago, IL

Look for me at the panel: 

All You Need to Know about M/M Romance

Presented by J. Leigh BaileyStephani HechtAva March, & Jackie Nacht

Join M/M romance authors as they discuss the M/M romance market, its place in romantic fiction now and trends for the future, the publisher landscape and the publication process, reader buying habits, and book sales potential.

May 14-18, 2014--2014 RT Book Lovers Convention, New Orleans, LA

May 15-18, 2014--Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA (Yep, I'm doin' both!)

October 16-18, 2014--GayRomLit, Chicago, IL