"I didn't mind waiting," Ann Robinson said. "It was totally worth it!"
Born to a single mother with mental illness, Ms. Rowell spent 18 years of her life in foster homes.
Her book, The Women Who Raised Me, is a memoir of those years and the positive role her foster mothers played in her life.
It's inspirational, several said.
"My fiance's mother was a foster parent herself, and so when we heard about the book signing we definitely wanted to come," said Sylvester Coleman of Martinez. "It's an inspiration to see someone transcend the stereotype of being a foster child to become a productive citizen."
Ms. Robinson's daughter Raye agreed.
"We like her because she is more than just an actress. She was a foster child, she's biracial and she's down to earth. So many people can relate to her," she said.
For others, the book signing was an opportunity to meet the woman also known as Drucilla Winters from the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.
"I really liked her acting skills on The Young and the Restless. I've been watching it since Drucilla came on the show," said Kim Rhodes of Hephzibah. "I'm sure she writes just as well, so now I want to get her book too."
Ms. Rowell is working on another book, Secret Diaries of a Daytime Diva.
The Sisters Only Club, a women's book club, played host to the book signing.
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