How One Author Smashed Romance Novels’ Color Barrier

“Some people sneer at paperback romance novels, but they’re the most prolific, profitable arm of the publishing industry — even despite the recession. And before 1980, all the damsels being clasped to hard male chests had been white. Lots of passion, zilch diversity. Then, under the pen name Rosalind Welles, journalist Elsie Washington published Entwined Destinies.”