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 is rewriting/editing her first novel, DYING TO FIND YOU, but her second novel UNREVELATIONS is available at your favorite book seller.
Rissa's short story "Fly" is a featured story in the anthology "Elements of the Soul" now available. Her short story "Ring of Truth" is a featured story in the anthology "Elements of Time" available in 2010.
Her story "Hope Beats ALL" about beating Leukemia has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength.
She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, son, and various desert critters.
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.