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Author Interview: Fiona Simon and Gambling on Granola

Hello RWYK family! On this episode of Reading with Your Kids podcast, we’re doing something a little different. As you may know, RWYK has been bringing you all sorts of bookish news, recommendations & some new dimension of Children’s & young adults author interviews. But today we’re THRILLED to welcome an adult author Fiona Maria Simon to our show. Fiona is joining us to talk about her new adult book Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship.

Fiona’s book is is an inspiring and uplifting business memoir that shares a love story about family, work, a journey in uncharted waters, and the creation of a company specializing in organic products that became a favorite at Whole Foods Market (Fiona’s Granola) the brand! As a single mother, Fiona Smith needed a flexible schedule to take care of her daughter & that is why she left her 9 to 5 job to sell her family’s granola recipe.  When she sold the product 10 years later she decided to put her story into a book. The result was Gambling on Granola. 

Join Fiona & Jed as they talk about Fiona’s book, her passion of wanting to leave a legacy of love as a mom, an entrepreneur, and her now famous premier brand in the organic world of granola!

Here’s more information about Fiona Maria Simon

Fiona Maria Simon GranolaFiona Maria Simon was born and raised in a tiny mountaintop community in southern New Mexico.   Former owner of Fiona’s Natural Foods, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Spanish. She has worked as a journalist, travel copywriter, and bilingual editor.  An avid writer, traveller, and dancer, Fiona loves to cook, bake, and develop food products. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, spending time with family and friends, and exploring other cultures. Fiona enjoys live music, expanding her cultural horizons, spiritual growth, and learning.  She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

More about Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship 

In Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship, Simon shares a tale that is uplifting and inspiring but also raw and honest. This is a business memoir but also a love story―the love for her daughter, of a journey in uncharted waters, of the products and company she created, and of the continued challenge to follow her dream.

We see her growth and healing over fifteen years, as mistakes, weaknesses, and naiveté, evolve into resilience, resolve, and inspiration. For Fiona, it started out as all new businesses do―with an idea. But her world quickly became more complex as she established her company, developed new product lines, forged personal relationships in a competitive environment, grew her business, and held onto her deepest values―all while raising her daughter, Natalie, as a single mom.

In this episode, we discussed
  • What inspired Fiona to write Gambling on Granola
  • Fiona talks about the message in her book that she wants parents to grasp & encourages parents to spend more time with their kids
  • Some of the challenges Fiona encountered being a single mother & to write her book?
  • Building a successful business inspired by her mother’s granola recipe from the 60’s.
  • As a single mother, how Fiona worked to balance time between her daughter and a growing granola empire.
  • She talks about quitting her day job, spending more time with her daughter, expanding her business, all while staying true to her values
  • How successful was Fiona’s business & much more….Be sure to tune in!

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