Written by Ella Thomson on Friday, March 9th, 2012

Stay-at-home mom Katrina Williams of Allen, Texas has been trying to get published for 20 years and now finally she has signed a two-book deal with Harlequin, a women’s romantic fiction publisher.

How was she finally able to get published? She entered an unpublished author competition with her novel The Divorce Deal as apart of an online workshop and Harlequin noticed her and offered her the deal.

Williams has been writing romance novels since college, but only in the past three years has she really gotten serious about it.

“It was always the thing I liked the most when I would pick up a book,” she said. “Even when I was at elementary school, I liked the books with a hint of love story.”

Katrina chose Harlequin because she knew that they had a reputation for picking up unestablished writers, including bestseller Nora Roberts.

Once Harlequin heard Katrina mention her second (untitled) book offhandedly, they picked it up as well. She says Harlequin wants you to write as many books as you can with no pressure. Despite that, Katrina plans on having something ready for them soon.

“Anybody out there can do what I do,” she said. “You have to want it and you have to work really hard.”

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