A sold-out crowd of book lovers and prospective authors recently spent a Saturday indulging in conversations with their favorite Black romance writers, during the Fall Into Fiction workshop hosted by the United California African American Bookclubs (UCAAB) in Carson.

They heard from people like best-seller J.D. Mason and award-winning author Kimberly Kaye Terry (above), as well as Donna Hill, Beverly Jenkins and Brenda Jackson about how these writers got started in the business. UCAAB alternates the location of its yearly event between Northern and Southern California. Next year the conference takes place in Oakland.