Keller western romance writer signs four-book deal

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KELLER - Kathleen Ball said she "did everything wrong" as she began writing her first novel three years ago.

But somewhere along the way the Keller resident figured it out.

Ball recently signed a four-book deal with Secret Cravings Publishing, a company that has already published two of her books--"Texas Haven" and "Rylee's Cowboy."

She also has a series on the market by Desert Breeze Publishing with two on the market, "Callie's Heart" and "Lone Star Joy," with a third book, "Stetson's Storm," to be released next month.

Ball said at first she didn't know anything about how to get a book published.

"I just sat there and wrote," Ball said. "I wrote a book, but I didn't know any of the rules about writing ... Each genre has a different rule."

Ball's genre of choice is western romance. She said years of reading romance stories helped her understand what elements a romance novel should contain.

She also placed her first book, Texas Haven," on for feedback from other writers.

Ball, who once lived in New York City, said long winters gave her more reading time so she would stock up on books frequently.

"My library used to have a huge sale, all you could fit in a paper bag for $3," she said. "I would get tons of bags and have my husband and son help me carry them out."

Ball said she enjoyed reading western romances, both contemporary and historical.

The idea to write a book came after Ball and her family moved to Texas.

Ball, a stay-at-home mom, said she began feeling empty nest syndrome after her son graduated from Central High School so she decided to return to work. She once worked in accounting but wasn't totally sold on the idea of returning to that field.

"My sister told me, 'You read so much, why don't you try writing,'" Ball recalled.

Ball said after she dove in the writing part came easy and she fell in love with her characters as she crafted each story.

"There are only so many plots," she said. "So it's the characters that make a good story."

Ball said she likes her characters to be flawed.

"There's got to be some reason they can't be together," she said.

Jean Joachim, marketing director for Secret Crave Publishing, said she loves Ball's characters.

"I've read all of her books and I love her writing," Joachim said. "Her stories are full of emotion and humor, which is like Kathleen--funny, caring, witty and quick to laugh....I think she is delightful."

Joachim said after reading Ball's books, she told the publisher at Secret Craving to take a look.

"We get a lot of submissions ... she has a unique voice," Joachim said.

Ball, a member of the Romance Writers of America, already has won several honors:

Texas Haven, was a finalist in the 2010 contest

Ryelee's Cowboy, awarded the 2010 People's Choice Award in the 2010 contest

Callie's Heart, awarded Honorable Mention in the 2010 contest

Lone Star Joy, awarded Honorable Mention in the 2010 contest

Stetson's Storm, Editor's Choice award

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Susan McFarland, 817-431-2231

Twitter: susanmcfarland1

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