Rachel Kranz, author of the novel Leaps of Faith (FSG) and a prolific ghostwriter and co-author, died on August 28. She was 62.

Kranz ghostwrote and co-authored many books, including numerous bestsellers, in a wide range of genres. She wrote narrative nonfiction, memoir, popular psychology/culture, diet, and health. Her clients included Robyn O’Brien, Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson, John Demartini, Woody Woodward, Stephen Hinshaw, John Hunter, and Robin Stern.

Kranz, also a playwright and journalist, had an M.A. in literature from Columbia and a B.A. in history from Carleton College. She also studied at the Sorbonne and Leningrad University. A memorial service will be announced later this year.