My birth name is James, which I never liked going by. I insisted on being called Jamie from the time I was four.
I’ve always loved coming up with stories, and started writing them down as soon as I learned how to write. From the start, most of my characters had a female protagonist, whose name was Jade. From memory, I chose Jade because of its similarity to James, and because I thought it was the most beautiful name in the world. Jade was the person I wished I could be.
When I came to realise I was trans, there was never a question about what my name was going to be. I’ve wanted to be Jade ever since I was a kid, and now I finally am.