Vampire-Huntress Author L.A. Banks Gravely Ill

The best-selling writer of supernatural books is battling cancer.


L.A. Banks, the author of the New York Times best-selling hit vampire-huntress series Minion, is fighting for her life at a hospital in her Philadelphia hometown. The writer, whose real name is Leslie Esdaile Banks, has adrenal cancer, reports Jenice Armstrong of

The 51-year-old author is gravely ill with late-stage adrenal cancer. Diagnosed seven weeks ago, she's at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. She's not up to having visitors, so please don't go over there. Nor does she need any more flowers. And she's not up to responding to e-mails and texts. But if you're inclined to do so, I'm sure she would appreciate prayers.

She certainly could use some about now.

These are difficult times for Banks and those who love her.

Banks is a chameleon of an author, writing under a number of pseudonyms and in different genres, including romance, crime, paranormal and science fiction.

Many readers may best know Banks for her best-selling multicultural vampire series "Minion." The 12-book, fast-paced, sci-fi adventure series chronicles the vampire-hunting exploits of Damali Richards, a young African-American woman; her Latino lover and partner in the hunt, Carlos Rivera; and their multicultural, multigenerational band of "Guardians of the Light."

Many of Banks' works -- including Minion and the Crimson Moon werewolf series -- pit her characters in battles against evil, with them never giving up faith in "the Light." As Banks herself battles the evil of cancer, let's hope that she is graced with a Light of her own.


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