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Part 1

Vivian Stephens was a trail blazing editor and founder of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). She was o​ne of the first Black editors at Dell Candlelight in the seventies and eighties. At Dell she developed guidelines for writing best-selling romance fiction and developed a line of multicultural romance, unheard of at the time. This resulted in the publication of Entwined Destinies, one of the first popular romance fiction with Black characters. Stephens went on to become editor at Harlequin and then to represent writers. She has written and published two popular romance fiction, Final Summer and Second Act written as part of the Sedema Group.