Gambling on Granola by Fiona Maria Simon: Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Monday, January 15, 2018
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.


"Fiona’s story is both personal and transformative. She lays bare the hopes and anxieties, challenges, betrayals and lessons learned in creating her own business. From the mountaintops of a solar observatory where she was raised, to the struggles and triumphs, her story is like a path of granola crumbs leading the reader to understand how to succeed at any enterprise."
- Jeff Kline, M.A. Ed., Chairman, Hispanic Communications Network, Washington, DC.

"Fiona Simon is an engaging storyteller and her narrative moves right along. It should inspire and motivate anyone who needs to remember the importance of persistence, belief in oneself, and vision in pursuing a goal. Her granola is good and so is her book."
- Bob McCormick, Publisher, Editor, Author

Paperback: 210 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (January 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1938288920
ISBN-13: 978-1938288920

Gambling on Granola is available in in print at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

Book Giveaway Contest:

To win a copy of Gambling on Granola please enter using the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of this post. The giveaway contest closes Sunday, January 21st at 11:59 PM EST. We will announce the winner the next day in the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

About the Author:

Fiona Maria Simon is a former journalist, travel writer, editor, and communications director of the Boulder, Colorado, Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about developing healthy food products, writing, traveling the world, and inspiring and empowering others with her story. Lured by the adventures of entrepreneurship, she launched her own organic granola company and led it to success despite having no business background and simultaneously juggling the demands of being a single mom. Her book is a story of challenges, hardships, and triumphs, both personal and professional.

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-----Interview by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

WOW: Thank you so much for choosing WOW to help promote Gambling on Granola!

What prompted you to not only write your story but also to share it? Was there a defining moment when you said "this story deserves to be told"?

Fiona: I had been requested for many years to tell my story, and after I sold my business, I had the time and inclination to do that.

WOW: It's excellent when others realize the greatness of something even before we recognize it ourselves.  How do you balance writing and the busy-ness of day to day life? What advice can you share with other writers?

Fiona: Writing is a discipline. It takes focus and dedication. We need to remember to come up for air and recreate once and a while. Sometimes I forget to to do that!

WOW: That breathing thing is good for all of us, isn't it? Great advice!

Who has been most influential in your journey as an author? How so?

Fiona: I have been. Although I’ve written for most of my career, this is my first book, and the first sharing of myself to the world in this way. My editor, publisher, and social media marketing people have offered ongoing encouragement and necessary nudges to keep me on track.

WOW: That's an interesting way to look at things. What has been most challenging in regards to writing your story, sharing it, publishing, etc.; what advice to you give others who may want to share their story?

Fiona: The most challenging has been reliving the painful parts of my story. My advice: be authentic and truthful, both to yourself and others (= readers).

WOW: What is your favorite book and why? or Who is your favorite author may be a better question?

Fiona: My favorite book is The Education of Little Tree. It is a sweet story of a life long gone, and of the courageous Cherokees who did their best to maintain traditional ways in a changing world. I love that the story is told through a young boy growing up with his grandparents.

WOW: What advice would you give if you had an opportunity to speak to a younger version of yourself? (when it comes to writing or life?)

Fiona: Don’t let people dissuade me from following my dreams and passions. Believe in myself and stand my ground. Find my self worth and hold onto it tightly. Surround myself with people who support me.

WOW: Such great advice - follow those dreams and passions! Thank you again for being with us today and we look forward to more from you in the future! 

----------Blog Tour Dates

Monday January 15th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway

Tuesday, January 16th @ Create Write Now
Fiona M. Simon is in today's author spotlight at Mari McCarthy's Create Write Now Blog - don't miss this chance to learn more about Simon and her book Gambling on Granola.

Wednesday, January 17th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Fiona M. Simon's Gambling with Granola and shares her thoughts on this inspirational memoir.

Thursday, January 18th @ CMash Loves to Read
Today's author spotlight at CMash Loves to Read is none other than Fiona M. Simon. Learn more about her memoir Gambling on Granola.

Friday, January 19th @ Bring on Lemons
Today  at Bring on Lemons is and author spotlight for Fiona Maria Simon - don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Fiona and find out more about her memoir Gambling on Granola.

Monday, January 22nd @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews Fiona M. Simon about her motivational memoir Gambling on Granola.

Tuesday, January 23rd @ Margo Dill
Fiona M. Simon is in today's spotlight at the blog of fellow author and single mom Margo Dill. Learn more about Fiona's memoir Gambling on Granola.

Wednesday, January 24th  @ Grow a Creative Biz
Cheri Larson reviews Gambling on Granola by Fiona M. Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at Grow a Creative Biz. This is sure to be a great conversation - don't miss an opportunity to learn from these smart women!

Thursday, January 25th @ Writers Pay it Forward
Learn more about Fiona M Simon and her memoir Gambling on Granola.

Tuesday, January 30th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Fiona M. Simon takes the spotlight with  “Gambling on Granola” at Madeline Sharples blog Choices.

Thursday, February 1st @ Bring On Lemons
Cathy Hansen - Wisconsin mother and business owner reviews Gambling on Granola by Fiona M. Simon and shares her thoughts with readers. Don't miss this exciting blog stop!


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Sioux Roslawski said...

Crystal--Thanks for this interview.

Fiona--I loved "The Education of Little Tree" as well. Good luck with your future writing projects.

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