Maya Banks is an American bestselling author of erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance novels.Banks has written over fifty novels. Her story, No Place to Run, landed on The New York Times Best Seller list in December 2010, while many others have been ranked on the USA Today's Best-Selling Books list. In September 2012, Berkley Books announced that a trilogy of erotic romance novels by Banks had been acquired for publishing. Her trilogy was described as similar to the Fifty Shades trilogy, featuring three billionaires. In a 2013 interview, Banks stated that she had not read Fifty Shades of Grey, as she usually avoids reading books written in the first person. She added that many readers felt her Sweet series had "ripped Fifty Shades off" despite being published several years prior. In 2013, Banks signed with Avon Books for a three-book deal in the contemporary romance genre featuring "psychic elements".