L. A. Banks is the author of the Vampire Huntress Legend series and the Crimson Moon Novels. She had a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a master's in fine arts from Temple University. Banks considered herself a shape-shifter. She wrote romance, women's fiction, crime and suspense, and of course, dark vampire huntress lore. She lived with her daughter in an undisclosed lair somewhere in Philadelphia.
"If you enjoy Anne Rice, Blade, or Buffy, then Minion is the novel you have been waiting for." --Tananarive Due, bestselling author of The Good House "So fasten your seatbelt and enjoy a ride littered with holy water, vamp ooze, and a layered web of political intrigue ingeniously woven from the mind of Banks. Cutting-edge wit and plenty of urban heat fly from the pages of this quick read." --Philadelphia Sunday Sun "[Banks is]. . .wildly creative and invents a totally new and refreshing milieu. Its social hierarchy and politics are fascinating, and the author's reinterpretation of the seven levels of hell is brilliant. Another inspired detail is her explanation for how some otherwise 'normal' humans end up as cannibalistic serial killers. Minion is an entirely delicious read, leaving the reader licking one's lips and wanting more, cursing the cliffhanger ending. Luckily, this book is the beginning of the Vampire Huntress series, so there's more to look forward to." --Fangoria "Blade meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this first of a trilogy about a no-nonsense guerilla leader of a rock-n-roll vampire-killer band...a pulsating blood-booster." --Kirkus Reviews "With an exciting premise and a cliffhanger ending, this first book in a new series packs a powerful punch." --Booklist "With L. A. Banks's debut novel, Minion, a tough, sexy new vampire huntress challenges the dominance of Anita Blake and Buffy...Damali is an appealing heroine, the concept is intriguing, and the series promising." --Amazon.com