About Anita

Greetings! Thanks so much for visiting.

My name is Anita Firebaugh. I'm a freelance writer and a blogger who lives on a farm. Blue Country Magic is a lifestyles blog (which means its focus is my life) and I hope you'll enjoy reading about life in rural Virginia and my efforts to continue my writing work.

Most of my writing career has been spent writing articles for various newspapers and magazines. My work has been published in The Roanoke Times, Valley Business Front, OurHealth, Cooperative Living, The Fincastle Herald, The Salem Times-Register, The New Castle Record, The Vinton Voice, The Vinton Messenger, Cave Spring Connection, and others. I've won eight Virginia Press Association Awards for my work in the last 15 years.

In 2009, I placed first in the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest and I have won a few awards for poetry, too.

I have a master's degree from Hollins University and a BA from Hollins College. I have served on my local library board and have been active in area historical societies.

The wonderful guy in the picture with me is my husband. He retired from the fire department, where he was a Battalion Chief, in 2020. He's now a farmer, and a septic tank installer. He stays busy.

We are cattle farmers, and we wholesale our beef. We raise various types of hay and sell that as well. Sometimes we raise corn and soybeans, and we always have a small vegetable garden because we love tomatoes! The farm has a lot of wildlife, so I occasionally post photos of deer, turkey and bear.

If you have questions or comments or just want to chat, please email me at afirebaugh@gmail.com. I always respond to email inquiries that aren't spam.