Rissa Watkins

Spinning Yarns in the Desert

About Rissa



Rissa Watkins was born with the soul of a writer. Her father, who taught English to unruly high school students, also taught her the love of the written word. It is a love that has lasted a lifetime.

She honed her craft telling tall tales as a child. She was first published at the age of ten with a book titled The Revenge of Remington Steele. Rissa garnered critical acclaim from her fellow fifth graders. Her four week run at her elementary school library was her first literary success.

Rissa has written for various online publications, but her first love will always be fiction.  She has finished her first novel, DYING TO FIND YOU and is editing her second, UNREVELATIONS.

She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, son, and various desert critters.

Rissa 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. When not huddled over her keyboard, typing furiously, she likes to cook Thai food and other culinary treats and is trying (rather unsuccessfully) to turn her black thumb into something a little more chartreuse.

Rissa likes talking about herself in the third person. If you would like to contact her you can email her at Rissa at Rissa Watkins dot com. You can also check out her Amazon author’s page here.

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