Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Novel from the Writing Cuffe Sisters


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by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe

In addition to writing, the Cuffe sisters run a small farm in downeast Maine.  They bring Jane-of-all-trades life experiences to their work, and believe God gave them this background to write squarely to the heart of real women who don't always wear a size 2, and who prefer boots to high heels. If you want to "talk shop" about family, rural life, livestock, music, God, house construction, or girl stuff, they'd love to hear from you.  They believe with God anything is possible; and that some of the best stories aren't hatched in creative writing class, they're composed on the seat of a tractor.

Welcome, Sadie and Sophie. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Our dad, who passed away in 2008. We miss his humor, wisdom, and laughter and it would great just to be able to hang out with him again, and to get one more of his wonderful hugs.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
Right here in downeast Maine! Great hikes and camping, Atlantic Ocean, fantastic beaches, lighthouses, and not very many people.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
We chose Habbakuk 3:17-19:  Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. (NIV) Because it reminds us that all the blessings and gifts are transitory and, even without them, we have Jesus Who gives us the song and the joy, and that's everything! It's the visual embodiment of Romans 8:28.

If you could be an animal, what would you be? Why?
Sadie would be a giraffe due to its swan-like neck and its cool plaid outfit (she's wardrobed challenged) and the view and the little pipes on its head. Sophie would be a white-throated sparrow as she loves the idea of being able to fly without being in a jet. Plus they make beautiful music, which calls to her musician side.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or
corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
We love our office! It's a corner of the daylight basement, and in the winter it becomes our snow cave.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Thank you for asking. If you like our book, please spread the word. We've gotten a lot of good feedback, but we'd really love some reviews. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Hard Country.
Is blood thicker than West Texas dust? Johnny's broken his sister's heart too many times to count, but with one tug of her heartstrings, CJ braves Texas heat in a last-ditch effort to save big brother. When Yankee stubbornness butts heads with cowboy arrogance, CJ has a better chance getting answers from her horse than from the men on the ranch. She knows she's rubbing elbows with a murderer. She's in over her head, and the bodies are adding up. Will she be next?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
That there's always hope, and even in the midst of conflict, especially family heartbreak, may you always find the love and the good that comes from being heart-connected to your siblings and your parents and your heavenly Father.

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase Hard Country?
At Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for letting us share about our book and our writing. We love hearing from our readers and respond to all emails. Email us.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Would you read another book if we wrote it? Hahaha. Seriously, if you've read Hard Country, we'd like to know who your favorite character is and why you like them.

Thanks, Sadie and Sophie, for spending time with my readers for this enjoyable interview. One of the commenters to this post will be drawn to receive an eBook copy of Hard Country.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of When Love Must Wait by Sherri Wilson Johnson is Martha. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


  1. I love the closeness you sisters have not just in your faith but with your being best friends and your respect for each other. Yes, it would be wonderful to be able to have dinner with someone I haven't seen for a long time as well. I would choose my grandmother Hazel. I miss her so much. I love your daylight basement writing spot. It looks nice and cozy especially in the winter. It was such a pleasure meeting you today Sadie and Sophie. I would love to read Hard Country and any other books you write.


    1. Deanne, thanks for leaving your comment. And thanks for following my blog!

    2. You're welcome Jo .

  2. I forgot to say I follow the blog by email.
    Thank you.

    1. We think you'd enjoy HARD COUNTRY, Deanne, and by commenting, you're in the running for a free read. YAY! You've made our day with your kind words. Blessings, S&S

  3. I believe that with God all things are possible too. Like the down-home interview and post. I would like to ask how long they have been farming and if they ever yearn to be city gals? I follow the blog, yes! sonjadotnishimoto at gmaildotcom

    1. Sonja, glad you stopped by and left your comment. Thanks for following my blog!

  4. Sonja, thanks so much for your comments, and no, never have yearned to be city gals. Sophie lived in the city for a few years (population 4000) but her heart was always on the farm. You know the old adage, you can take the girls off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girls... or something like that LOL. We grew up next door to our grandparents' farm, so it's kind of in our blood. We've been farming together since the 80's and love every minute of it (mostly). So glad to hear from you!