Cat Blount Studios

Cat Blount Interview

[This is the transcribed version of the live show with Sass Bloom and Cat Blount]

Announcer:  We love her, and here she is…  Saaaassssssss Bloom!

Audience Cheers!

Sass:  Thank you all!!!  Yes!  I’m excited too!  You know who we have here today, don’t you?  I know you do!  It’s our very own Cat Blount!  Come on out here, Cat.

Cat Blount enters the room.
Audience stands and cheers!

Sass:  Well hello there!

Cat:  Hello, Sass!  Hello everyone!

Sass:  Ok, this is going to be a very unique interview because I already know all about you.

Cat:  Yes, you do, LOL.

Sass:  So, what I am going to do is pretend that I don’t know THAT much about you.  How’s that?

Cat:  I love it!

Sass:  Ok, here we go.  Are you ready audience?

Audience:  YES!

Sass:  They’re so happy to have you here.

Cat:  I’m so happy to be here!  I love it here in Blountville, and I love all of the dear people who live here.  It’s  a wonderful place.

Sass:  Now, I know that you have a home here.  Any plans on moving here permanently?

Cat:  I’m not quite sure about that yet, but I will always have a home here in Blountville.

Sass:  Ok, let’s get started.  Let’s ask the question that I always hear asked.

Cat:  Uh, oh.

Sass:  Where are the pictures of you?  What’s going on with the logos all over the place?

Cat:  LOL.  I’m laughing because I know you know the answer to that.

Sass:  We’re pretending that I don’t.

Cat: Ok, well, I am an extremely private person.  Anyone who knows me, or has read through my author website, knows that about me.  And it’s not just your “normal private,” it’s a “weird” private thing.

Sass:  A “weird” private thing.

Cat: Yes, LOL!  I take it to the extreme.  And also, as I have stated on my website, I want people to focus on the story and the illustrations, not my face.

Sass:  And being “weird private,” as you kind of put it, does that have any type of influence on  your career as an author at all?

Cat:  Um, I would say with social media, yes.  Social media is just what it says.  It’s a “social” platform.  How is one social?  By sharing.  How does a private person share?  They don’t really, LOL.  I have to say though, I feel that I am getting better at sharing more.  It’s not very comfortable for me though, and it can sometimes feel a bit inauthentic.

Sass:  Can you explain how it can feel inauthentic?

Cat:  Well, you are told as an author that social media is key for selling more books.  They tell you to interact, not sell, but interact, with your base and/or peers, and that will, after some time, bring about sales.

Sass:  Ahhhh…  So it feels that if you interact, it is only for the purpose of “some future day” selling more books.

Cat:  Exactly, and I don’t want to do that, and I don’t want people to feel that if I do interact, it is for the purpose of them buying a book.  I really, truly just want to write the stories that come to me, and publish them.  So, when I do post on social media, it is for what I am using it for, to sell my books, and to place them in front of readers.  You will see posts for free book days, new releases, what I am working on, and things like that.

Sass:  You stated that you want to “write the stories that come to you.”  That’s a perfect way to move into talking more about your titles.  Now, you have 20 titles, right?

Cat:  Yes.  The 20th title will be available again, soon.

Sass:  Available again?

Cat:  Yes.  In the beginning of the year 2015, I made the decision to remove all of my titles from the market.

Sass:  Whoa, how many at the time?

Cat:  Seven, LOL.  They were my seven original pieces of work that I loved, but didn’t 100% write them from within.

Sass:  Doesn’t every author write from within?

Cat:  Well, I’m not sure about “every author,” but I was not producing my work from the inside.  When I first started publishing, I would make changes to the original story based on what I felt others would think about the story.  I thought things like, “Well, they probably won’t get that,” or “They won’t think that’s funny,” and so on.  I wasn’t just pouring out the story, as is, from the inside, like all artists do.

Sass:  So I guess we now know the reason for categorizing your stories under “organic.”

Cat:  Yes, unadulterated creative expression.  100% pure.  Organic.

Sass:  I like that.

Cat:  Thank you.  I really do too.  And I have not looked back since!

Sass:  That’s wonderful, Cat!  I can’t imagine doing something day after day that I don’t completely enjoy doing.  So it’s great that you, I assume, now completely enjoy creating your work.

Cat:  Yes, I do.  100%.

Sass:  So the title that you are working on now is soon to be available again?

Cat:  Yes, and I can’t wait!  I am so excited about this title being introduced once again to the public, written purely from within.  And my illustrations have come a long way; so that’s exciting too! It’s a wonderful story, one to be read for sure.  Filled with lessons for everyone.

Sass:  I read the story when it originally came out.  I simply loved it.  I remember not being able to wait to find out what was going on at that lake.  Were the rabbits from before being paranoid?  Did the mom not get the full story?  Was Jessica right?  Oh my gosh!

Cat:  Oh that’s wonderful to hear!

Sass:  Yeah.  And then when I found out the truth, it literally gave me goosebumps.  I kid you not.

Cat:  Oh, Sass, that is music to my ears, thank you.

Sass:  No, thank you!  It’s a great story, and I can’t wait for others to experience it.

Cat:  Well, soon, LOL.

Sass:  You have so many stories, and they all are completely different.  How do you do it?  You mentioned that your stories come to you?  What do you mean by that?

Cat:  Simple.  I know that my stories are placed in my head by God.  I 100% know that.  Do I feel that He is using me as a vessel to communicate to people through my stories?  I’m not sure.  All of them do have lessons, but I think that it is as simple as God answering the prayer I prayed to Him as a little girl to become an author.  He answered my prayer.

Sass:  Oh that’s beautiful.  That brought tears to my eyes.

Cat:  I am so grateful that He has given me this opportunity, and I can’t thank Him enough.

Sass:  How often are your stories placed in your mind?  Is it a constant thing?

Cat:  Yep.  Stories are always popping up in my brain.  The full story, from start to finish.  It’s pretty awesome.  That’s how I know it’s God.  I started writing when I was a little girl, but I never was able to finish a story.  Nothing came to me.  I stopped writing for years.  One day, at my parent’s home, I wrote a story for my daughter and nephew about a fast-moving turtle.  I wrote that story in literally Arelius Turtle of Speedminutes.  The whole thing!  I couldn’t believe it.  It had a twist and everything.  I’ve been writing stories, just like that, ever since.  I’m given the story.  I grab a pencil and paper.  I sit down.  I write.  If I think about the story, it doesn’t come out right.  I do not think, I literally just write.  And then I look back and say, “Wow!”

Sass:  Wow, indeed.  That’s pretty special, and interesting because I know that each author has his or her own story about their writing process.  This is definitely an interesting one.  Now, I would like to switch gears a bit.  I know that not only your fans are out there listening to this interview, but other indie authors as well.  There is a very common question that is asked by indie authors to other indies.  Do you know what that question is?

Cat:  Probably either a marketing question, or perhaps how many books have you sold.

Sass:  The first…  What would you say is the best marketing effort that has sold most of your titles.

Cat:  Well, I do not like marketing my books, at all.  I am not the best “tooter” of my own horn, LOL.  There is something that seems to be paying off.

Sass:  What’s that?  All indie authors out there are listening at the edges of their seats.

Cat:  LOL.  Writing more.  Pretend that you walk into a library and then proceed to find the children’s picture book area.  When you get there, you see shelves and shelves and shelves of books by one author.  Chances are, you will pick up one of those books.  I think that this is occurring with my titles now.  I could, when I first started off, go for months without seeing any sales at all.  Now that is not the case.  I am beginning to sell more frequently.  Also, when a story is liked by the reader, they look for other works by you.  And again, more sales.  So, I recommend writing more, and getting your books published as your primary marketing effort.

Sass:  You hear that indies.  Go out and keep creating!  Cat, it has been a pleasure to sit down with you, and talk to you today!  Am I right audience?

Audience: Yes!!!!!!!!

Cat:  Thank you so much!  This was really wonderful.  You and the audience were great!

Sass:  Well, we have one more question for you, and it’s a question that was sent in by your youngest daughter.

Cat:  Oh my gosh, that’s so sweet!  Oh I love it!

Sass:  Cat, Ana wants to know, “Mommy, what was your first story about that you tried to write when you were a little girl?  I can’t remember what you told me about it.”

Cat:  Well, Ana, my first story was about an ant family that lived deep under the ground.  And pretty much, I didn’t write anything further than that, LOL!  Yeah, Mommy wasn’t able to get far in her stories back then.  Thank you Ana!  Hugs and kisses.

Sass:  Yes, thank you, Ana, and we love you, Cat, and we can’t wait to see what else is placed in your brain for you to bring to life.

Cat: Thank you, Sass!




Interview with Mrs. Engles from Sleeping Through the Night

[This transcribed interview took place before the children of Crimson were driven off to be cured of their inability to fall asleep in the story titled Sleeping Through the Night]

Sass Bloom here again!  Hello to my wonderful audience.  Today, everyone, in my studio, we have with us Mrs. Engles from Sleeping Through the Night.

Sass Bloom:  Mrs. Engles!  I can’t tell you how very happy I am that you decided to come sit with me today for a bit.  How are feeling?

Mrs. Engles:  Hello, Sass.  Thank you for having me on.  Um, to be honest, I am a little tired.

Sass Bloom:  A little tired?  Mrs. Engles, we all know of your plight.  Exactly how how long has it been now?

Mrs. Engles:  Well, very close to a month.

Sass Bloom:  A month?  Oh my gosh, I can’t imagine.  If I don’t go to bed every night before 10, I am a zombie the next day.  How are guys able to function over there?

Mrs. Engles:  It’s been pretty tough for my husband and me.  Not being able to sleep, as you know, can take a toll on one’s mind, body, pretty much everything.  We can hardly function.  The girls, and every other child in Crimson, on the other hand, feel fine.  Even though they are not able to sleep, for whatever reason, it’s not having an effect on them.

Sass Bloom:  You see that’s the thing that amazes me the most, other than, of course, that a game caused this phenomena…  Why aren’t they at least sleepy?

Mrs. Engles:  No one can figure it out.

Sass Bloom:  And your mayor has been back and forth to the city to try to get answers, right?

Mrs. Engles:  Right.  No answers to why this happened to our children, but, a possible solution to bring it all to a close.

Sass Bloom: The sister, brother duo, Sally and Sam.

Mrs. Engles:  Yes, Sally and Sam.  We met them a few days ago.

Sass Bloom:  And they are going to fix it that your children are back to sleeping again?

Mrs. Engles:  That is what they tell us, and we feel very optimistic about it.

Sass Bloom:  You know, Mrs. Engles, there are some who criticize you, your husband, and the other parents in the town, for your decision to send your children away with Sally and Sam.  How do you feel about that?

Mrs. Engles:  Well first of all, we are not sending them away.  It’s only one night.  Also, I am sure these critics have never dealt with staying awake, without proper rest, for a month!  We are parents.  We take care of our children.  We work.  We have to be able to continue to do these things.  Without sleep, it’s almost impossible!

Sass Bloom:  In other words, unless they have walked in your shoes, they shouldn’t have much to say.

Mrs. Engles:  Exactly!  Listen, we have tried everything. The mayor, and his friends in the city, have tried to figure this all out.  We, my husband and I, sat across from Sally and Sam for a good amount of time.  They are great people who are trying to help us, and I believe they will.

Sass Bloom:  And I hope they will, Mrs. Engles.  I truly hope they will.  I can tell that you love your children, and that you only want the best for them.

Mrs. Engles:  [*Sniff*]

Sass Bloom:  If I may continue, only for a bit more…

Mrs. Engles:  I’m fine, you may continue, I understand.

Sass Bloom:  How do your children feel about this?  Are they ok with leaving you and your husband for a night?

Mrs. Engles:  My youngest, Maddie, is super excited.  She can’t wait to go on this “adventure,” and I have to tell you, it sounds pretty fun.

Sass Bloom:  I know.  When I heard about what the children will experience, I thought, “Oh wow, they’re going to have a great time.”

Mrs. Engles:  I know.  Sally and Sam put so much into this.  It’s pretty spectacular, really.

Sass Bloom:  And Sara?

Mrs. Engles:  Welllllll, Sara is a little different.

Sass Bloom:  How so?

Mrs. Engles:  Sara is the type who always, pretty much, questions everything. [*smiles*]  She always thinks that “something is going on,” or “something doesn’t sound right.”  I blame it on the spooky shows she watches.  Better yet, I blame it on myself for allowing her to watch them.  I thought they were innocent enough, but I guess not.

Sass Bloom:  So Sara doesn’t want to go?

Mrs. Engles:  No.  She thinks something is wrong with Sally and Sam, and that they are out to take all of the children away or something.  She will be fine, and I will be removing those movies from her list of recordings.

Sass Bloom:  Mrs. Engles, it has been great having you here with me.  I am humbled by your experience and I pray that your family is back to normal very soon.  I sincerely do.  Who ever thought that a game could cause all of this hullabaloo???

Mrs. Engles:  We didn’t.  That’s for sure, and again, thank you for having me.  I do hope that now people understand our story a bit better.

Sass Bloom:  Please, try to come back after your children’s return.  It will be my pleasure to sit with you again.

Mrs. Engles:  I will honestly try.  Thanks, Sass.

Sass Bloom:  Thank you.

And there you have it.  My interview with Mrs. Engles.  She is truly a sweet mother, and cares deeply for both her children.  If you are interested in how it went with Sally and Sam, and the children of Crimson, click on the book cover and own a copy of Sleeping Through the Night.  

Sass Bloom signing out.


Interview with Dan from LISA

[This transcribed interview took place before the events in the story titled LISA, of The 3 Screams Trilogy.]

Sass Bloom here!  Today, in my studio, we have with us Dan Oldson from The 3 Screams.

Sass:  Hello, Dan!

Dan:  Hello.

Sass:  Dan, thank you so much for agreeing to come in and talk with us.

Dan:  Yeah, my mother thought that it would be a good idea.

Sass:  Well, be sure to thank her for me because I am so happy to have you here.

Dan:  Uh, ok.

Sass:  Dan, here, at Cat Blount Studios, we like to get right into the mix of things.  I understand that tomorrow your parents will be going out, and you and your sister will be watched over by a babysitter.

Dan: My mother told you that!?!  Are you kidding me?  What???

Sass:  Dan, it’s ok; really it is.  Besides, I doubt that your friends are among my listeners.  Everything will be fine; you don’t have to worry.

Dan: That’s easy for you to say.  I don’t want to do this interview.

Sass:  Now, Dan.  Having a babysitter is not that big of a deal.

Dan:  It is when you’re a 14 year old boy!

Sass:  Yes, well, why exactly do you think your parents found a babysitter to watch over you and your sister?

Dan:  She’s not going to be there to watch over me.  I don’t need anyone watching over me.  She can watch over Abby.

Sass:  Couldn’t you have watched over your sister, you know, being that you’re 14, and most babysitters start at that age?

Dan:  Yes!  I could totally watch her like always.

Sass:  Oh, you’ve watched her before?

Dan:  Yeah.  When my parents go out, I’m the one to watch her.

Sass:  So why the change?

Dan:  I don’t know.  It’s silly.  My mom thinks that I don’t watch her close enough.  I mean she’s 7 years old!  How closely do I have to watch her?

Sass:  But something must have happened for your mom to think that she needed to call a babysitter, Dan.  What was it?

Dan:  Not my fault!  That’s what it was.  I had the guys over like always, and Abby was in her room.  When they left, I went to my room, and then out of nowhere, when my parents got home, I heard my mom calling out for Abby, and then she came running into my room.

Sass:  Who your mom?

Dan:  Yeah.  She was like, “Where’s your sister?  Were you not watching her!?!”  Did she want me to stay in Abby’s room with her?

Sass:  So where was Abby?

Dan:  For some reason, and with Abby, there doesn’t have to be a reason, she went out back and climbed into my old tree house.  She was pretending that she was in a castle or something.  So instead of getting mad at her, they got mad at me.

Sass:  I see.  What time did they get home?

Dan:  I don’t know.  Around 11 I guess.

Sass:  What time did your friends leave?

Dan:  I think about 9.

Sass:  Do you think you see their point at all?

Dan:  No,  I mean a little.  Hey, listen, they need to stop treating Abby like a baby, and Abby needs to start making better decisions.

Sass:  Well, Dan, I thank you very much for sitting with me this afternoon, and I hope it goes well with the babysitter.

Dan:  I just want to get it over with.

Sass:  Dan, one more thing…  Do you spend time with your little sister?

Dan:  I guess.  We eat together, and I see her in the house.  She’s 7 years old.  There’s nothing to do with her.

Sass:  She doesn’t ask you to play, or anything?

Dan:  Yeah, but she wants to play silly games all of the time.  We used to play together, but I’m older now.  

Sass:  I see.  Well, thank you again for visiting me here in the studio.

And there you have it.  My interview with Dan.  If you are interested in how it went at the Oldson’s the night the babysitter came, click on the book cover and own a copy of LISA.  I have a feeling that Dan is going to learn something very important; I just hope it won’t be too late.  That’s all for this evening.  As always, my beautiful listeners, have a wonderful night.

Sass Bloom signing off.