Interview: Kaz Staples talks about The Cereal Entrepreneur
Kaz Staples has just published her memoir, The Cereal Entrepreneur and she talks to NZ Booklovers.
Tell us a little about The Cereal Entrepreneur.
It’s a book about courage about passion and the determination to grow a business/brand under much adversity. It’s a book about Kaz and how she grew a small home based business into a well known brand.
What inspired you to write this book?
After selling the business in 2019 I had a lot of grief and loss, writing the book was part of the healing for me. It made some sense of the journey and what had been and why I decided to sell my baby.
It was an incredibly cathartic experience and there were a lot of tears during the writing process. I also wanted to get it all down on paper for my children, their children and future generations. The other why was to help others in their dreams and to possibly support and motivate others to follow their dreams and to know that it is possible if you really really want it.
What was your routine or process when writing this book?
I started the book when we had the first lockdown in NZ March 22 and engaged with a self publishing company who gave me the kick start to get my book on the road. Over the next 12 months I worked on and off depending on my motivation and my drive to find the words. Sometimes they don’t come and sometimes they do so you have to work with that….
What did you enjoy the most about writing The Cereal Entrepreneur?
The healing of writing and getting my feelings down on paper. Incredibly hard at times and often the words would not come and then other times they flowed and flowed. It gave me the time and the reflection to really understand what had been and what I had achieved amongst the madness.
What did you do to celebrate finishing this book?
I think it was still covid madness so not a lot of celebration with others but the feeling of finishing it and when I received my first copy was surreal Another bucket list tick!
What is the favourite book you have read so far this year and why?
I don’t have a favourite but I love autobiographies and learning about others journeys. We all have a story!
What’s next on the agenda for you?
More travel, more laughter, more fun, more abundant energy and health.