For those of you literary types who haven’t heard, last week, Leslie Esdaile Banks passed away. She had been diagnosed with late-stage adrenal cancer earlier this year.
The New York Times best selling author was a Philadelphia native and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University’s MFA program. Her writing flowed among multiple genres.
As L.A. Banks, she wrote many paranormal fiction books, including the popular Crimson Moon and Vampire Huntress series. As Leslie Esdaile Banks, she created crime thrillers set in Philadelphia. As Leslie E. Banks, she penned two novels based on the popular T.V. series, Soul Food. Finally, she wrote numerous fictional, romance and motivational non-fiction books – some of which are also set in Philadelphia – while writing as Leslie Esdaile.
Banks came to further national attention when she fired off an email in support of the health care reform to President Obama. The President then asked her to introduce him when he came to Arcadia University. Banks wrote about the experience here.
Her health care woes didn’t end when she met the President, and her family is now left with many hospital bills from her last days. A fund has been set up for donations and any financial help is greatly appreciated.