Leslie Esdaile Banks, who died yesterday, should be an inspiration to writers everywhere — she successfully moved between the genres of fantasy, paranormal romance, crime fiction, African American fiction, and women's fiction, among others. And she also helped bring diversity to the worlds of fantasy and paranormal romance, mostly under the pen-name L.A. Banks.
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Wha?!? Wow. I met her a few years back at Comic-Con, nice lady. Didn't even know she was sick! :(
RIP, Mrs. Banks.