Tucson Festival of Books 2014

March 28

I finally was healthy enough to make it to the Tucson Festival of Books on March 15th. This was my first time going and I was pretty excited. I made it to five panels- all my first choices. The first panel was Building a Mythology. It explained how to build history, myth, legend, and religion into your book to give it depth. I learned some good information and really enjoyed hearing from all the authors. They were pretty funny. I definitely will be checking out their books. The authors were: Dennis McKiernan, Yvonne Navarro, Jennifer Roberson, Brandon Sanderson, and Sam […]


I am a rocket scientist…

February 25

I totally did the Mentos in diet soda experiment and it blasted away- so I must be a rocket scientist. And considering I have a 100% success rate I must be an expert rocket scientist. Right? Okay, you are probably wondering where I am going with this- I’m getting to the point, really. People who declare themselves experts really bug me. The last few days I keep seeing this in the writing world. Here are some examples: 1. Writers who declare themselves best sellers because their free books made it to the Amazon Best Sellers list. If you are giving […]


HUNTER? But you don’t even know her…

October 31

Yes, it is a lame title that sounded like a hilarious way to start this post about the book HUNTER in the Demon’s of Oblivion series by Skyla Dawn Cameron at about 2:00 AM when I do most of my writing.  I’m sorry. But it has brought you here to read about Skyla and her series. Remember that girl in high school who was pretty, popular, smart and funny? You wanted to hate her (and did a teensy bit) but couldn’t because she was also nice and cool. This is how I feel about Skyla Dawn Cameron. When I first […]


SILENCED cover reveal..

October 29

My friends over at DIVA Anthology have invited me to do a grand reveal of the cover of their new book, SILENCED just in time for Halloween fun… Silenced Released October 23. When the hairs on the back of your neck stand up… When you feel like someone is watching you… When you’re afraid to turn around… It’s already too late Cool cover, huh? Here is a link where you can purchase this book.


ART, a flash-fiction horror story…

September 29

Hello my little ninjas, Fall is my favorite time of the year. We get a break from the hundreds of days over 100 degrees (hopefully), there is pumpkin everything out to eat and drink, new TV shows to watch (Joss whedon’s SHIELD- yay!) and for the last several years I have finally started to appreciate Halloween and horror. I know, I do everything backward- didn’t like Halloween as a kid, but turn 40 and I have an all new appreciation. In the Halloween spirit, I have written a flash-fiction horror story as a guest poster on The Word Wood. Those […]


« Older Entries
Spinning Yarns

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.

Read Rissa's Full Profile