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 […]


I’m Lost…

October 8

When I wrote my first novel, Dying to Find You, I was a complete Pantser. I discovered the plot as I wrote it like an adventurer looking for treasure. It took me longer to write, but it evolved into much more than I had originally intended. My second novel, Unrevelations, wasn’t even going to be a novel.  It started off as a paragraph or two because I was mad at my husband and since the law frowns upon actually killing him- I killed him in my writing. But the muse hit and I decided to turn it into a novel. […]


Everything is Just Peachy…

October 2

I have always been an avid reader. When I was a kid, those Scholastic book order forms made me so happy! I would go through and circle all the books I wanted (not realizing my poor parents had to pay for it all). Reading was my way to travel anywhere. It was my escape. When people say they don’t read, I can’t understand it. It’s like saying you don’t breathe. Or you don’t eat bacon. So you can imagine my sadness that my 10 year old son doesn’t like to read. But, I didn’t give up. We’ve checked out a variety […]


Rejection, Editing, and Doctor Who…

September 19

Hello my little ninjas! Sorry I have neglected you. It has been a rough few weeks with this new IV treatment for the Graft vs Host (rejection of the bone marrow transplant). I have been so exhausted and brain fogged I haven’t been able to write (clean the house, cook,  walk very far, or even stand too long). But I got my last IV on Saturday and I am hoping to be back to kicking butt soon. So, onwards and upwards! Remember when I mention Jami Nord who is mentoring me as an alternate in the PitchWars contest? She had […]


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 […]


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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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