Written & Illustrated by Cat Blount
I grew up in a small private Christian school. While my parents chose that over home schooling, I did have many cousins who were home schooled, and I knew they all loved it.
Now that I have a son of my own, my husband and I have done a lot of research on the pros and cons of home schooling. There are many articles written on the benefits of choosing to go this route.
Cat Blount does an excellent job of putting these arguments in story form. I see it as a great tool for home schooled children as they should embrace the idea that different is not weird or bad. Every child is different and learns in a different manner. Home schooled, public schooled, private schooled, we need to focus on teaching them that it's okay to learn in their own unique way regardless of the medium used.
Colorful and fun illustrations, a great storyline, and a positive and upbeat attitude that I sincerely appreciate. Very much recommended for home schoolers and non home schoolers alike.
Some Bio Information
Cat began writing stories at a very early age, but never was able to complete the stories she started. A beginning was as far as she could get. Then one day, many years and many, many crumpled papers later, while entertaining her small child and nephew, she wrote her first complete story from beginning to end in less than 18 minutes. That story became one of her first titles published and she has been writing complete stories ever since.
Cat is a stay-at-home mother of beautiful, amazing children and a loving wife to her loving husband of many years. She has an A.S. in Merchandising and a B.S. in Marketing. Her favorite season is summer, and she has always wanted to live on a farm. She still does. She also states to have the BEST imagination in the world
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Well, all of my stories come to me, beginning, middle, and end, all at once. I am never really inspired to write a specific story. My stories come to my mind naturally. I could be mopping the kitchen floor, then BOOM, a story comes to my mind about an ant village. I am certain, 100%, that God is just answering my prayer from years ago, that I become a children’s book author. I believe, actually I know, he gives me my stories.
When this particular story came to my mind, I was like, “Woohoo!!!!!!!!,” because I knew that it was right up my alley. My children are schooled from home, I HATE it when judgments are place on individuals, and groups of individuals as a whole [so annoying to me], and I love a good debate. So, this story was perfect.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I sit down with a pen/pencil/marker, and I write without thinking. I can churn out a story anywhere between 8 and 18 minutes. If I start to think, I slow down. If I just write, it’s a done deal. Lately though, I have found that I can just type in the same way as well. Just typing, not thinking.
3. What would you like readers to take away from your work?
With this particular work, I am speaking to more than one type of audience. I am speaking to the homeschooled family. I would like for them to know how awesome an opportunity it is to go this route, and for them to know that the sky is the limit for what they teach, and how they teach it, and for what they learn. I am speaking to those considering homeschooling. I would like for them to see it from a different angle, and for them to ponder the possibilities. I am also speaking to those who make blanket statements about all homeschooled families. I want them to realize that they can’t base their opinions on what they have seen in other families, or heard from others, and conclude that all homeschooled parents and children are the same way.
4. How would you describe the perfect writing environment?
In a room, with a window, with the sun shining in, while hearing my family bustle about.
5. What can readers expect from you in the future?
They can expect, hopefully, my craft to get better, and better, and better. I am currently working on a book with three short stories that is a bit spooky, but with lessons, of course. I am also bringing back the last of my stories that I removed from the market, as ebooks and paperbacks.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
Organic. I write from the inside, and how it comes out, it comes out.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
Well, as I mentioned, I already write fast. If I can include illustrating, my goal is that I illustrate faster. I also want to improve with every story I write and illustrate.