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 […]


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 […]


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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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