Leslie Esdaile Banks – LA Banks as the author was known to fans of her Crimson Moon and Vampire Huntress novels – passed away August 2 after a struggle with a rare form of adrenal cancer.
A New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Banks wrote over 40 novels and 21 novellas in a variety of genres that included fantasy, horror, crime, thriller, and romance.
She once told a group of Atlanta high school students the reasons she became a full-time writer:
She had to quit her job because her daughter was hurt and she needed to stay home and take care of her, but her job wouldn’t allow it. So, she began freelancing and wrote for an Essence magazine short story contest. What she wrote was so good that her friends started sending her story to publishers without her knowledge.
The Liars Club, a Philadelphia writer’s group to which Banks belonged, will host a fundraising event August 6 to help her young daughter.
[Via William Wagner and Andrew Porter.]