Screenwriter • Producer • Director
A Luck of the Draw Productions LLC
Post Falls, Idaho
Anita Waggoner presently resides in Coeur D Alene, Idaho. A gutsy entrepreneur with an extensive marketing and writing background, she’s an outgoing, strong independent woman who has lived a life most would only dream of.
Anita has the creative ability to show readers how to overcome hurdles and disappointments in their own lives. Her stories are generally based somewhat on personal life experiences. The writer has an uncanny propensity to move the story forward. Once a reader opens a book written by Anita Waggoner, they don’t want to put it down.
In 1997, after going through a lengthy and difficult divorce, Anita walked away from a privileged lifestyle in the city and moved to the small country cow town, Freedom, Oklahoma… population 285. She invested in a 3400-acre ranch near Freedom where she built an exclusive western guest ranch and entertained guests from around the world. Together with her Oklahoma cowboy partner, Marvin Nixon, they raised famous rodeo bulls that performed at PRCA and PBR events in New York City, Las Vegas, and many other cities across the country.
While in Oklahoma, Anita and her unique business ventures were regularly featured in local newspaper publications. She appeared on Oklahoma based television shows Discover Oklahoma and Doc Geiger's Outdoor Sports. In 2004 Reality TV came knocking. Anita worked for a year with Telepictures and Warner Brothers Studio on the production of a reality television show about life on a dude ranch. Anita was subsequently featured in in an expose’ about her Reality TV involvement in the National Enquirer.
Her books: Freedom, Myrtle’s Story, Jam Packed, The Life Lies and Legend of a Gambling Man, and Huckleberry Ridge are available on Amazon.
Anita writes screenplays based on her novels. The Freedom film project is presently in development and is expected to be released in 2021.
"Not everyone who writes gets why Ernest Hemingway or John Steinbeck were such revered authors, but Anita completely understands what makes a good storyteller. I wish she had become an author before her first book in 2010. Then again, all her life experiences were important for her to pen her successful works. A good storyteller must capture the reader on the very first page. She does, and then she goes on to produce a captivating plot with intriguing characters. She creates early on the themes with which she deals consistently and uses direct dialogue to develop her characters and their actions. Her vocabulary portrays vivid descriptions of her surroundings, and she makes the reader feel right there where the action is taking place. Everything she writes about can be visualized. Anita has amazing talent as a writer. She has not only published novels but short stories and books of inspirational quotes and self-help. She has more work out there than what Amazon has listed...a prolific writer in such a short time. She is a woman to be admired!"
A wealthy socialite goes to Las Vegas with her best friend to get away from the stress of divorce. She meets a cowboy at a blackjack table in the Bellagio casino. The National Finals Rodeo is in full swing. She’s vulnerable and attracted to the cowboy’s good looks and charm.
The cowboy invites her to visit him on his Oklahoma ranch. Their romance escalates, and despite great lifestyle differences, they fall in love. She leaves a perfect world to live with the cowboy in a run-down bunkhouse.
Despite their differences she’s determined to make the best of things. He convinces her to invest heavily in his ranch and bull business. She builds a rodeo arena, steakhouse, bar and lodge in the middle of nowhere.
As time passes by, she feels trapped in a situation she can’t control. Once the bar is open the cowboy entertains his friends on her dime. His drinking becomes a daily routine. When he’s sober, he’s one hell of a hand and when drunk, she wants to kill him. His habit of taking money from the business upsets her. The cowboy proves to be an inept businessman.
They partner to raise rodeo bulls for the PBR. She sees his true colors and the romance wanes. Life on the ranch becomes difficult, but she refuses to give up. She works hard to hold things together… and to recover financial losses. Each new day brings unbelievable setbacks and obstacles. Though once sensitive and caring, the elements and life on the prairie change her.
The cowboy is an underachiever, womanizer and an alcoholic, yet she continually finds the strength to carry on. In the beginning, she thinks she can change him… in the end she tries and fails.
She gets her fill and offers the ranch for sale. Realizing her love for the cowboy and the lifestyle she’s created is in vain, she sells out and drives away leaving the cowboy despondent. He knows the free ride is over when he climbs into an old plane to go look for runaway bulls.