Like the heroines of her novels, Leslie Esdaile Banks pulled off the impossible.
No she didn’t hunt down vampires, find Prince Charming, or solve the murder. She did something MUCH harder – she successfully lived the writer’s life.
She used her magical gift for storytelling to transform the mundane details of life into gripping epics, whether the tale was a romance, crime thriller, supernatural odyssey, or family drama.
The result was an opus of more than 40 novels and 12 novellas that landed Esdaile among the rarefied ranks of authors on the New York Times and USA Today best-selling lists. Her work also earned her the
- 2009 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention Career Achievement Award for Paranormal Fiction
- 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award
- 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award for the State of Pennsylvania
Prior to the debut of HBO’s wildly popular True Blood series, the prestigious cable powerhouse featured her on its Vampire Literature and Legends special.
Her publishers have included St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, BET/Arabesque, Dark Horse Press, Genesis Press, Parker Publishing, Harper and Tor.
Leslie’s imagination knew no boundaries. As a writer of multiple genres, Leslie wrote fiction under several pen names. She penned her first novel, a romance titled Sundance, in 1996 under the name of Leslie Esdaile. As Leslie E. Banks she wrote two novelizations of the TV series Soul Food. As Leslie Esdaile Banks, she wrote a four-novel crime series featuring financial genius Laura Caldwell for Kensington/Dafina Press.
She perhaps made her biggest splash with her paranormal narratives published under the name of L.A. Banks. Her 12-novel vampire huntress series, The Vampire Huntress Legends ( first novel, Minion ), gave the darkness a new flavor and continued on in a multi-issue graphic novel series called Hidden Darkness. She published a six-novel werewolf series, A Crimson Moon ( first novel, Bad Blood ), which she wrote under the name of L.A. Banks.
Leslie had also ventured into the best selling young adult market this year with her Neteru Academy series ( first novel, Shadow Walker ). She has also written non-fiction, including an autobiographical contribution to the inspirational anthology Chicken Soup for the African American Soul. Through Red Rose Publishing Leslie’s work is available in ebook format.
Leslie’s own story began on Dec. 11, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA, where she was born. She earned a business degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking degree from Temple University. Her fierce spirit as a single mother wrestling with the issues of health insurance for herself and her daughter brought her to the attention of the White House. As a result of her passionately written letter supporting the President’s efforts to reform the nation’s health insurance system, she was tapped to introduce President Barack Obama during a 2010 speech at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
Although her journey in THIS realm ended on Aug. 2, 2011, it’s comforting to know that she’s only just taken her first step as one of the immortals.
SOURCES: www.leslieesdailebanks.com, Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Esdaile_Banks