Ding…Ding…Ding…Round Two

September 5

Remember last year when I was one of the ones picked for the wonderful Brenda Drake’s PitchMadness? Unfortunately, that book didn’t land me an agent. I was bummed. But, did I give up? Child, please! I didn’t let a little rejection stop me after my bone marrow transplant.  A little bit of rejection about my writing wasn’t going to stop me now. And publishing doesn’t involve needles and drugs that make you feel sick. (at least I don’t think so- there maybe a secret ritual once you sell your book.) I became more determined that my second novel, Unrevelations, would shine until […]


Always Have Hope…

August 26

I’m so excited!  Hope Beats ALL, my story about kicking Leukemia’s butt is going to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Find Your Inner Strength book!   I am bursting with happiness. I have been a fan of these books for years and own several. My father loved these books. I wish he was still here to see my story get published in one- but as my sister said, “he is dancing up in Heaven.” The book comes out October 28, 2014. I am already making plans on trying to co-ordinate a book signing/giveaway with a Be The […]


My Tardis is a little Tardy…

August 22

In honor of Doctor Who’s premiere tomorrow, since they are debuting a new Doctor, I wanted to show you my new Tardis. I had hoped to have it completed by now, but much like my current novel and my health issues, it remains unfinished. However, that is gonna change an all fronts! I start my IV treatments on Saturday and since I will be sitting there chained to an IV pole for 7 hours, hopefully I can write. The Tardis will also get finished soon. I suck at getting before pics, but it was just a regular wood grain. I […]


Oh Universe, You So Funny…

August 15

I am not one to announce goals to the world. I’d rather keep my head down and just work at it. Last week I posted  my goals for this month and BAM! The Universe said, “Nope.” After that blog post, I had doctor’s appointment that did not go well. I’ve been  having some problems that I had hoped were side effects of the chemo that I was taking for the graft-vs-host which is my body rejecting the bone marrow donor cells. I went off the chemo last week and hoped those issues would go away. They didn’t. Not only did they […]


Deadlines, shmeadlines…

August 7

I am a goal-oriented person. I’ll admit, this was something I threw on resumes when I was younger to try to sound impressive so I could get a job. The thing is, after over a decade of accounting, it was true. A good accountant meets their deadlines. Period. That’s it. End of story. You can’t miss a month end close or tax filing, etc. There are rules and penalties. I once pushed off gall bladder surgery for a week because it was month/year end close. I could only eat crackers and water the whole time! I delayed my honeymoon to […]


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Author Rissa Watkins was nicknamed “The Ninja” by her writing friends because of her habit of diving into the fray to squash online bullies. When she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, she transformed into a cancer-fighting ninja. She survived lethal doses of chemotherapy and radiation, a bone marrow transplant, going bald, and horrible hospital food to kick cancer’s butt.

These days, she has traded her throwing stars for a laptop, which she wields to write fiction. You can get a glimpse of her novel writing genius, or possibly nonsensical chemo-brain ramblings, by checking out her Novel Blurbs page.

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