O'drean E. Banks
Pen Name: None
Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Born: 1951 in Joliet, IL
I was born and reared in Joliet, IL. I graduated from Fairmont Elementary and Lockport Township, High School in Lockport, IL. I began my professional career the day after my high school gradution at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois and remained there until I relocated to Atlanta, GA in October 1978. I frequently visit Illinois to visit friends and family and to attend class reunions and other functions that I stay apprised of. Most of my books are based on my hometown and neighborhood and the City of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional Information
O'drean E. Banks is the author of realistic urban contemporary novels. Her books address all of the elements of today with special emphasis on love, abuse, infidelity, marriage/divorce, single parenting and low self esteem. Her characters are so true to form and experiences life's pitfalls, however in the most impossible situations that seem to be hopeless, they seem to rise from the destruction. Some of them emerge successful and fulfilled while others ponder in their bad decisions, there is something for everyone. These well-written novels are romantic yet send positive, powerful and empowering messages. A native of Lockport, IL a suburb south of Chicago where she lived and was educated, she now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She fluently writes from an abundance of life's experiences. Recipient of 4 Editor's Choice Awards, she is a member of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ).
This accomplished author describes writing as a means of release and relaxation. She loves to write and has various other books soon to be released. Her message to others is write to release and read to retain!
There is a book inside of each of us. She also publishes under her own label O'RonJaKi.
Some of he loyal readers comments are as follows:
“She’s exalting,” say numerous ones who met her, heard her speak and/or read her book(s)!
“Destined for success, a high energy person, dedicated to helping others and I appreciate the fact that her novels aren’t male bashers.”
“Works hard, deserves all the success that comes her way, she earned it!”
“You can feel the positive energy emanating when you’re in her presence.
Her novel, Devastating Rumors was absolutely great! I laughed, cried and couldn’t put it down. Once I started reading, it was impossible to stop until I finished. Can’t wait to read Notorious Illusions.”
“The characters and situations are so realistic and believable,!”
“I heard her speak and noticed that the audience was captivated, the truth set us so free, some of us were crying. I was so moved and encouraged especially when she took time afterwards to talk to me personally; great novelist, great person, powerful, empowering, positive speaker.
Devastating Rumors - When Lies Destroy, ORonJaKi, 1998
Notorious Illusions - From, ORonJaKi, 2013
When The Music Stops - Is It Our Last Dance, ORonJaKi, 2013
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Notorious Illusions: From Victim to Victory and Vanity
Release Date: 2013-06-15
- Editors Choice, Devastating Rumors - When Lies Destroy
- Who's Who in the World, Devastating Rumors - When Lies Destroy
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
I am available for speaking engagements On Local/National level $1,250.00 per day Plus Travel. Contact me O'drean E. Banks at (678)489-7913 or Ny'Kia Abbott 678-365-5330. I am a motivational speaker and am available for any groups that would like my services. I work with battered & abused women, Church groups, etc.
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