THIS IS MY STORY -- AND I'M STICKING TO IT!
Author - Anita Waggoner
Farewell to Freedom won an award for Best Fiction in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Contest.The Author's Show 2011 contest 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading winner. Screenplay Farewell to Freedom was named a finalist in the 2014 Creative World Awards Contest. I've published several books, and recently released a revised edition of Farewell to Freedom. Novels available on Kindle through http://www.amazon.com.
First novel was published by Strategic Publishing Company in 2010. Thereafter, I chose to self-publish Charleston Cheat , The Ranch at Coyote Springs and a revised copy of Farewell to Freedom. Continue to write New Age Western genre uniquely from a woman's point of view. Dakota Wells and Small Town Girls are in the works. I continue to enter contests and write screenplays based on my novels and other subjects.
Farewell to Freedom is for sale on this web site; and on-line at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Autographed copies are available if you order on this website. Determination and Jam Packed are filled with inspiration and quotes. I wrote them to inspire and enlighten... both would make a great gift for any occasion. I'm especially proud of Baldy Sox a fun, short children's story about my grandfather, his life, and his first horse. Baldy Sox will be enjoyed by children of all ages -- from 4 to 104.
I've also written a screenplay based on Farewell to Freedom and spend a lot of time promoting it to those in the movie industry. I enjoyed the challenge of laying out the 470 page story in a short 120 page screenplay version. When I return one day to life on the beach, I'll write more screenplays. Many of my short stories are published on line at Amazines.com and Ezines.com. A positive, outgoing individual I have plenty of determination, dedication, and drive. I'm very excited about what I do, though it's not an easy task making a living writing books. Like all writers, I write hoping for that big break. I'd love to see all of my books on a best seller list. In the near future I hope to hire a professional publicist or agent to help take me to the top. I design and maintain my website; and keep current events alive on Word Press, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social sites. When time is available, I hope to create additional YouTube videos and book trailers to promote my work.
A fifteen year paralegal background prepared me for the writing world. True life experiences provide fuel for the stories I write. Having lived an exciting and forward moving life, I've learned to start over when my feet are knocked out from underneath me. The novel Farewell to Freedom is based on the truth. It covers the thirteen years I owned a western guest ranch in Freedom, Oklahoma. I write about my relationship with a cowboy in Farewell to Freedom. While in Freedom, I raised rodeo bulls; and built, owned and operated a western guest ranch, lodge, restaurant/bar and learned to survive. Previously, I've owned a wide range of businesses. A strong business background provides the fuel to carry on.
While at the ranch marketing efforts attracted the attention of Warner Brother's Studio. They came to film a reality television show they called "The Will". I write about the situation in my book Farewell to Freedom. What an experience! Life in the country, for a city girl, was quite the adventure. Long days on the remote ranch provided unexpected obstacles, some so unbelievable, I felt I had no choice but to write about them .
Thirteen years after first arriving in Freedom, I got out. Though I'd never before written a book, I was determined to share my story with the world. After reading the book reviews and hearing comments from my many readers, I know I made the right decision to publish Farewell to Freedom.
I enjoy story telling, it's therapeutic. Although it takes patience and a lot of hard work to write novels, marketing is the true challenge, especially when you self-publish. I will continue to write, rewrite and edit my stories thanks to those out there who enjoy reading them.
Go after your dreams and live life to the fullest. You never know when the journey will end. Thank you for your continued support.