Well, this is awkward…

February 17

Ever get an email and think, I need to respond to that – but not right now? So you wait until you have time to really write a good response. Days pass, then weeks, maybe even months. And by then you are a little embarrassed to respond because it’s been so long. That is how I feel about not writing blog posts. I’m sorry for disappearing. I kept thinking, oh I need to get back to it- but never did. The holidays took up a lot of my time and energy. Then health issues. But now, I am ready to […]


Meet me at the Chandler Author Walk…

November 17

  I will have signed copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength at the Chandler Author/Art Walk this Friday, November 21st. The event is running from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you are local, then I would love it if you stopped by and said hi. You don’t even have to buy a book. I am a little nervous about doing this signing. I don’t know why. But I am excited as well. I will definitely be posting a pic or two from the event. I hope to see you there!  


Money may not buy happiness…

November 6

But it does buy food, shelter, and pays for medical bills. Why am I talking about money? Because two freelance writer friends, Lisa Mason and Lyn Lomasi have had some unexpected money problems that could leave them homeless. Now, being a writer is not a lucrative business. Forgot what you see on Castle or Bones- most writers don’t make diddly much less squat. So a bunch of us writers got together and contributed short stories to create an anthology. It is called Thirteen Stories by Us and has thriller/suspense/horror/humor stories. It is priced at only $2.99 and every single penny […]


Happy Release Day…

October 28

  Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength is out at bookstores and Amazon! Woo hoo. I am so excited to be a part of this book. My story, Hope Beats ALL, is on page 45 and I am mentioned in the introduction! I can’t believe something I’ve written is in a real book store! I went to Barnes and Noble and took these pics. I suck at selfies but there wasn’t anyone around to take one of me by the books. I will be doing a signing at Downtown Chandler’s Art and Author Walk on November 21st from […]


Finding strength…

October 15

  This was going to be a whole different post. I received my copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength this week and was all set to write a happy post about it. However, yesterday a first grader in my community passed from an unknown respiratory ailment. They are testing for Enterovirus. Luke was at school on Friday and by Tuesday was gone. I can’t even imagine the suffering his family is feeling. The community is raising funds for the family. Olive Wood Designs will be doing an auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the […]


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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.

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