Hidden Chapters with Vivian Stephens: Unveiling the Truth and Shattering Rumors in this Exclusive Tell-All Interview!
Embark on an Exclusive Journey with Brown Book Series and Vivian Stephens: Revealing the Myth and Magic of Romance Novels, Guided by the Legendary Mastermind Behind Romance Publishing and Founder of Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Vivian Lorraine Stephens is an influential figure in the world of romance novels, recognized as an American editor, literary agent, and the visionary behind the establishment of Romance Writers of America (RWA). During her tenure at Dell Publishing, Stephens revolutionized the romance genre with her creation, Candlelight Ecstasy, a romance line that left an indelible mark on the industry during the 1980s.
One of Stephens’ notable achievements was the publication of Entwined Destinies by Rosalind Welles in 1980, which marked a significant milestone as the first category romance novel featuring African American main characters, authored by an African American writer. Being a Black editor in a predominantly white industry, Stephens was determined to amplify the voices of women of color and make their contributions an integral part of the burgeoning romance landscape.
Throughout her illustrious career, Stephens played a pivotal role in launching the careers of renowned authors such as Sandra Kitt, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Beverly Jenkins, among numerous others. Her keen eye for talent and commitment to diversity has had a lasting impact on the romance genre, shaping its evolution and embracing the richness of voices and stories from a wide range of backgrounds.