Roni McFadden, an author who resides in Willits, was recently recognized by the Will Rogers Medallion Award and the 2016 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award Contest for her memoir, “The Longest Trail.”

A self-published author, McFadden was one of 36 authors and publishers that attended a banquet in October, honoring quality books in twelve categories with the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Award. Held in Fort Worth, Texas, this award show attracted authors and publishers from all over the United States, including New York, Utah, and the Dakotas, as well as California.

“As writers, as Westerners, and as Americans, we owe a tremendous debt to Will Rogers, and this is our way of acknowledging and honoring that debt,” said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Will Rogers Medallion Award.  It is now the largest award in Western literature.

Two weeks after this award, McFadden learned that she was a Gold Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction – General category in the 2016 International Book Award Contest. Reader’s Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet, receiving thousands of submissions for all over the world, and including books released by large publishing houses like Random House, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins. “The Longest Trail” received this honor in November.

McFadden’s memoir tells the story of a troubled young girl who falls under the mentorship of an old cowboy.  In “The Longest Trail,” Roni McFadden goes to work at a pack station in the High Sierra Mountains and discovers her real worth thanks to the horses and the ancient Native American Spirits that dwell there.

To learn more about Roni McFadden and her memoir, “The Longest Trail,” visit www.thebiscuitpress.com. “The Longest Trail” is available for purchase at many fine book book selling locations, including on Amazon.

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