THIS IS MY STORY -- AND I'M STICKING TO IT!
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Author - Anita Waggoner
Las Vegas, Nevada
My first novel Farewell to Freedom has received 5 star reviews, and won an award for Best Fiction in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards Contest.I have been named a winner in The Author's Show 2011 contest "50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading". Since 2009 I have published several other books and I recently released, in April 2013, the "2nd Edition to Farewell to Freedom". All of my novels are available on Kindle through http://www.amazon.com.
My first novel was published by Strategic Publishing Company in 2010. Thereafter, I chose to self-publish Charleston Cheat , The Ranch at Coyote Springs and the 2nd Edition of Farewell to Freedom. I continue to write a New Age Western genre uniquely from a woman's point of view. Dakota Wells is in the works and will be released in 2014.
The original version of Farewell to Freedom is available on this web site; and online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Autographed copies of all of my books are for sale on this website. The illustrated/inspirational "Determination" is 205 pages of photos and quotes. I wrote this one to inspire and enlighten. It would make a great gift for anyone of any age. I hope to find the time to make substantial additions and improvement to "Contradictions.Com" soon. It's an illustrated 155 page documental describing what women vs. men say when they look for a mate on line. 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 written a screenplay based on "Farewell to Freedom". I will continue to promote it to the movie industry. I enjoyed the challenge of laying out the 470 page story in a short 120 page screenplay version. When I return to life on the beach, I will write more screenplays. Many of my short stories are published on line at Amazines.com and Ezines.com.I'm a positive, outgoing individual who has plenty of determination, dedication, and drive. I'm very excited about what I do, though I've discovered it's not easy to make a living writing books. All I can do is to hope for that big break when I'll see all of my books on a best seller list. In the near future I intend to hire a professional publicist to help take me to the top. I design and maintain my website; and keep current events alive on Facebook and Twitter. Over the next few months, I hope to create additional YouTube videos and book trailers to promote my work.
My fifteen year paralegal background prepared me for the writing world. True life experiences have provided fuel for the stories I write. I've lived an exciting and forward moving life. I've learned to get up, when my feet are knocked out from underneath me and my breath has been taken away. The novel Farewell to Freedom was based on the thirteen years I lived on my ranch in Freedom, Oklahoma. It was there where I fell in love with the cowboy I write about in Farewell to Freedom and the revised 2nd Edition. While living in Northwest Oklahoma, I raised rodeo bulls; and built, owned and operated a western guest ranch, lodge, restaurant and bar. I have previously owned several different businesses, including new car dealerships, a catering company, executive suites, restaurant, bar and rodeo arena. I divorced after a 20 year marriage, and although it took time to adjust, I'm happy with my single life. I was born and raised in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. I spent most of my adult years in the Seattle area and call Washington State my home. I have grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren who live there. My family is very important to me.
While living on the ranch my marketing efforts attracted the attention of Warner Brother's Studio. They came there to film a reality television show they called "The Will". I write about the situation in my book "Farewell to Freedom". What an experience to remember! Life in the country, for a city girl, was quite the adventure. Long days on the remote ranch provided experiences so unbelievable, I felt I had no choice but to write about them .
Thirteen years after first arriving in Freedom, I finally found a way out. When I drove away, although I had never before written a book, I was determined to share my unbelievable experiences with the world. After reading the book reviews and hearing comments from my many readers, I know I made the right decision.
From the time I was a young girl I’ve enjoyed writing and telling stories. I find writing to be therapeutic. Once the story is told, I let it go and move on to another. I will continue to passionately write my stories so long as there are those out there who enjoy reading them.It takes patience and a lot of hard work to write books. No matter how many times I read my written words, those little mistakes continue to jump out at me. Writing the story is the easy part. Editing is a very difficult job.
Go after your dreams and live life to the fullest. You never know when the journey will end. Thank you for your continued support.
Anita Waggoner ~ aka Cheyenne Stevens
Las Vegas Nevada
Award Winning Author
Novels and Screenplays