Recently we had the pleasure of talking with Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and many more. The interview was recorded and can be played in the player below. Also included is a transcription so you can follow along. Enjoy!
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CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Hi and welcome to the conversation! My name is Victoria Morgan interviewing for Christian Audio and I’m so glad you joined us because today, not only are you going to hear a very lively author interview, today I believe you’re going to make a friend. That friend is author Sophie Hudson and she’s recorded a great new audiobook called, Giddy Up, Eunice; Because Women Need Each Other.
Sophie is the kind of friend you laugh with; trade recipes with; bake cookies with; or, better yet, southern style ribs. She’s the shoulder you cry on and the snuggler you like to snuggle up with when you’re feeling lonely. Most of all, Sophie is the friend who loves to make you laugh and I’ve got to tell you, her new audiobook, Giddy Up, Eunice is a real hoot … and it’s been described that way. If you listen to it for just a minute, she’ll have you simmering in her Southern hospitality quicker and slicker than a bullfrog.
And that’s not all. The subtitle of Giddy Up, Eunice is Because Women Need Each Other.
We need each other. And Sophie reads it in such a personal style that I got the funny feeling that Sophie needs us as much as we need her. This is not a one-way audiobook book where the author tells you like it is. This is Sophie, and she’s reaching out to you personally in you the only way she can–with her own voice–to make a new friend.
Sophie started fishing for new friends in 2005 with her new blog which is www.boomama.net, hoping that through her stories, women would find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. It’s a simple concept, really, but we need that kind of encouragement. She’s recorded two other audiobooks, and they’re really memoirs, actually. One is called, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon (that’s a mouthful!) and her other audiobook is called, Home is Where My People Are: The Roads that Lead Us to Where We Belong.
Sophie is a highly personal writer, and I think you’re going to enjoy hearing her today.
In addition to her audiobooks and blog, Sophie serves as co-emcee for LifeWay’s “dotMOM” event and is a popular speaker for various other women’s groups. She loves raising a ruckus at football games and watching entire seasons of TV shows in record time. Sophie is Southern girl through and through. She uses phrases like “How in the Sam Hill are you gonna do that?” She uses words like “Dadgumm”, and she’s not afraid to say the word “ya’ll”.
Sophie currently enjoys life at home with her husband and son in Birmingham, Alabama. She also loves pajama pants! So, Sophie, I hope you’re as comfy as a pair of pajama pants today. I hope you’re in a good, comfortable spot and we want to welcome you to www.christianaudio.com.
SOPHIE HUDSON: Thank you so much. I am so happy to be with ya’ll and I am super comfortable, you’ll be glad to know.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: So, in your first two books–and I love their titles by the way–in the first one we kind of learned who you are and in the second one we kind of learned who your people are. In the third one, though, it’s an entirely different ball wax. You’re communicating to us the importance of relationships and why women need each other. I get the feeling it’s very crucial for you to make sure that we understand the importance of having female relationships.
SOPHIE HUDSON: You know, it is and I think it’s one of those things that I’ve probably known in my heart for a long time but maybe was not able to articulate it. I think just over a series of a couple of years, I think the Lord really showed me in scripture just how we see examples of those relationships of women who are living life together and cooperating with each other and teaching the generation behind them. I think that it’s something that sometimes we can miss because we are all so busy and I think it’s good to remember to make time; that we’re designed for relationship with each other as women and to treasure that and to make time for it and to learn from one another.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: I agree with you and, yet, I have trouble making friends. I’m not really like that at all. I grew up in Tuscon, Arizona, and in the desert, we’re kind of like desert rats out there. We’re like a scorpions or tarantulas. We kind of like to hang out by ourselves. I grew up that way. But, in the South, I guess it’s very different, isn’t it?
SOPHIE HUDSON: Yes, I guess it is. I don’t know that it’s necessarily true for everybody, but I do think that the way that I grew up in the South and the way that I think a lot of my friends grew up in the South was very much surrounded by family. And I think as children, too, we sort of sat and listened a lot. We watched those relationships between the women in our family. And so, it’s something I’m really grateful for and I’m really grateful for the way I think that even my own mother showed me and demonstrated for me how important those relationships with other women are.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: And in Giddy Up, Eunice, your new audiobook, you remind us that we need to reach out to women–not only alongside us, but those that are in front of us and behind us. I think I get what you were saying. With social media, it’s easy for us to construct our own little universe made up of only of the people that we want to have as a friend. And while we’re twittering away in the grocery store, it’s easy for us to ignore the woman that might be in line with us. It’s easy for us to ignore some young girl with purple dreadlocks …
SOPHIE HUDSON: I think that’s so true. I think more than ever, we can kind of live in a vacuum as much as we want to and we can surround ourselves with people who see things like we do and who believe like we do and who live life like we do. I think that, certainly, I understand the attraction of that but I’m not sure that it’s wise. I think that, so people, like you mentioned, who are maybe not on the surface the same as we are, are places where we can just learn a whole lot and be surprised at the similarities that are there just in the way that we live our lives and we walk through our relationships. Sometimes the superficial is a great distraction because I think once we kind of dig a little deeper, we’ll find that we have a lot more in common than not.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Yes. For instance, if you put us in a situation where our lives are threatened and all of a sudden, all that external stuff goes away, we become very much like each other.
SOPHIE HUDSON: Yeah! Suddenly, we’re all human, with a lot of similar struggles and a lot of similar desires and a lot of similar heartaches and all of those things. I think that sometimes if we keep ourselves in a vacuum, we miss out on the gift of that—of seeing the connections that we have not only with people, maybe that we wouldn’t normally interact with, but just across generations. I think it’s so neat for me to be able to spend time with women who are older than I am or women who are younger than I am and to soak up the wisdom from one side and to be able to encourage the other.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Yes, and you illustrate that so well in your audiobook, Giddy Up, Eunice. I love the “Giddy Up”, by the way. Kind of means, “go”, doesn’t it? It’s like something you say to a horse!
SOPHIE HUDSON: Yeah, it does! It was just something one day—I was kind of thinking about how I’m very much in a “Eunice” stage of life. Eunice in scripture was a mom who was trying to teach her son and to do all the things that kind of accompany that part of life … who was working with her mother to be the best she could and to pass along what she needed to pass along. I was thinkin’ about how I’m just so in that stage and that comes with a lot of responsibility. I kind of thought as I was going through a mental list of just some stuff I needed to get done, I thought, “Well, Giddy Up, Eunice!” I mean, it’s prime time to reach out to the women behind and the women ahead!
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: And, you illustrate that really well in that relationship that Ruth and Naomi had. You talk about that quite extensively in your audiobook.
SOPHIE HUDSON: Oh, thanks. I relate a lot to Ruth in the sense of she was fiercely loyal to her mother-in-law and I have a precious mother-in-law as well and I love the way it says in scripture that Ruth, in the middle of difficult circumstances, she clung to her mother-in-law and she really committed herself to her. So, it’s neat to be able to look at that particular narrative in scripture and think about the way that it can impact how we do life in the here and now.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: And some of us have a problem with that! For those of us that have difficulty trusting other women, I think Giddy Up, Eunice, is going to really help us “suck it up buttercup” and sort of reach out to other people. I remember when you describe what it was like to be fourteen and the friendships that you had back then. You gals used to experiment with blue mascara and frosted pink lipstick. That’s just hilarious. I love that! But then, you added a line that I couldn’t overlook. It says that you girls “told each other how pretty you looked.” So, in a sense, I think we ladies need to remind each other of how God sees us—that we do look beautiful and unique. We need to love each other that way. We need to treat each other that way and not be so competitive.
SOPHIE HUDSON: I think that’s so true and I’m so grateful for those friends from that part of my life who are still friends, even now. I think that that’s one thing that our mothers modeled for us was a lack of competition. We just had a real supportive dynamic between all of us. And, it wasn’t just, like, “Oh, you look so pretty.” I can remember if I wrote something back then and I would have friends who would say, like, “Oh, this is the best thing” even if it wasn’t, you know? They were just a safe place. If it was blue mascara, “Well, you’ve never looked more beautiful.” If it was a really bad essay that I wrote, “Well, this is just great.” I mean, it was just kind of an endless well of encouragement. And I think that in this current time when I think things can get a little more competitive (I don’t know exactly where all of that comes from) but it was a really great way to grow up and something that I’m very, very grateful for and definitely a reminder for us to look at each other with spiritual eyes and not just our human eyes—to really see the uniqueness and beauty and the gifts that are unique to every woman because every woman has them.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: You also said, “Everybody, no matter the age, craves a safe place with safe people.” And you mentioned “safe” just now. You say in your audiobook that we crave a safe place and it seems that you are trying to create that space … that place … through your blog site. You’ve opened up your heart and your home to us, through these audiobooks, through your website, through your blogsite, and this really is a safe place for us to go.
SOPHIE HUDSON: You know, I hope it is. I think that’s a gift that was given to me early in my life. It was that my female friends were a safe place. Then, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been very fortunate to have some older women who have been a safe place for me as I was learning how to be a wife and a momma and work and all of that balancing act that goes into that. I think it’s so important that, as women, we trust one another and we esteem one another and we honor one another. So, I hope that the book feels like a safe place for women. I’m always mindful that there are lots of women for whom relationships with other women have not been easy. So, I do think that sometimes there needs to be some healing that happens in order for those relationships to feel safe. So, if this book can help somebody along that way–in any way–I’m really grateful.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: I think a lot of listeners will appreciate it and I know I certainly have because I need help in that area, like I said. One of your readers went so far to say that, “Women need different things than a man can provide and when they don’t have those different things in a relationship, it’s easy to want to give up.” We get depressed. Many of us have been wounded by other women, and men aren’t always a good substitute for women friends. So, yes, many of us have really given up on getting close to anybody.
SOPHIE HUDSON: I so get it and I think that that’s one reason why I think it’s so interesting in scripture how we see younger women in really vulnerable situations and how the older women are the ones who minister to them. I’m not so sure that in those times or in those places where we’ve been wounded that maybe a safe place to process some of that and to work through some of that … it might be easier, in some instances, I think, with an older woman to kind of walk you through that than it is with somebody who is maybe your same age or same stage. I think we miss that sometimes because it’s not always the most natural place to connect but I think there’s a real gift there in the perspective and in the wisdom and in just the care of a woman who’s going to be a little farther ahead. I know in my life, those relationships have encouraged me in the relationships with women who are maybe a little closer to my same age and same stage.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: I agree with you. Older women are just a comfort. You can always get a hug from an older woman … a nice warm one! But on a lighter note, let’s shift gears a little bit. I just have to share with our listeners some of these chapter titles in Giddy Up, Eunice. They are really funny. Chapter Three is called, “I Do Not Understand You and Your Tricky Side Buns”. What is a “Tricky Side Bun?”
SOPHIE HUDSON: You know, I think that there are places where kind of across generations, that we are sort of mystified by each other sometimes. I work a lot with younger women, especially with girls who are teenagers, and every once in a while there’ll be a trend that I just don’t understand. You know? A couple of years ago, everybody was real into the side bun. They all had like these real elaborate side buns that they were wearing. So, for me, that just kind of became a metaphor for just the places where we kind of get tripped up by each other. You know, where we don’t really understand all the ways that maybe the younger girls can kind of tie their scarves. Like, that’s just…Why do you need to loop it 1,900 times? I don’t understand. But what’s so sweet, I think, is to see that once we get passed those things that we realize that those are just superficial things; that there’s still the heart of a friendship and the heart of relationship is still there.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Yeah, we get past those things and we do get to the heart of relationships together. That’s great. Chapter Seven is called, “When Your Mother-In-Law is Your Ride or Die”. Chapter Ten is called, “We May Have to Walk Uphill Together, But at Least It’s Good for our Calves”. As I was laughing so hard, as I was going through these chapters, I suddenly realized that you, Sophie, are actually throwing us a lifeline because we need to remember how to laugh.
SOPHIE HUDSON: We do need it and I feel like the world is so serious. It can be so discouraging and I think that if we wanted to, we could really sit around and do a lot of hand wringing. You know? We really could just sit and chronical all of our troubles. Certainly there’s a time and a place for dealing with the serious stuff that we need to deal with but it’s so good to laugh with each other and it’s so good to find common ground and it’s so good to just be silly every once in a while. So, I think those chapter titles really just, maybe in some way, my way of saying, “Hey, I know that these stories are from scripture and they’re important but there’s so much relational goodness in there and so much stuff that we can take and apply to the here and now.” Because with Naomi and Ruth, it’s a very serious story but it’s so true that over the course of those four chapters, Naomi really is Ruth’s “ride or die”. I mean, they are together until the end. They are in it to win it. So I think it’s good for us to see that the depth of that relationship that they have with each other is something we can have in the here and now as well.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Yeah, I miss that … having a relationship where we’re both in it to win! But what’s cool about your audiobook is that we get to hear your voice. I feel like we’re having a closer relationship with you when we listen to your audio book. And it’s a delightful voice that you have! You have a great voice. I love your accent. I feel like I’m right in your living room. You get to relate your feelings to us in a whole new way through the audiobook. It’s more intimate. What was that like–to read your audiobook aloud, as opposed to writing it down?
SOPHIE HUDSON: You know, it was the strangest thing. It was fun in a weird way and I used to be an English teacher and I would always read aloud to my classes. So, it was a strange thing for this thing that I was reading aloud to be something that I wrote. But I loved it! I think that so many times in the writing process, you’re going back over those sentences and those words and you’re looking at it kind of analytically. So, for me, it was fun to read it aloud because I kind of saw it a little bit more holistically. I kind of got a feel for the story in a way that sometimes, it’s weird to say, but you miss when you’re writing the story. So, it was a ton of fun.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Yeah, I hear that from a lot of different authors, that it is really, really fun to read aloud their books, and it’s a great way to relate to a new kind of an audience. But I do want to bring up a real sweet note here because I read a recent blog and you shared that you lost your momma.
But you shared with us that reading her Bible in the morning has been the sweetest gift to you and you said it’s been the most unexpected comfort. So, what I got out of that was the best friend and the best mom and the best sister that we can possibly be … is to be one who has a close relationship with the Lord. Your mom had a relationship with the Lord and I think through that relationship, she has brought you unexpected comfort even though you’re grieving
SOPHIE HUDSON: That is so true and that has been the sweetest thing this side of her death is that every morning, I open up her Bible. Just this morning, as I was flipping, the scripture that I was reading this morning was from Lamentations and so I was flipping through. I couldn’t remember where Lamentations was and I was flipping through and I could smell Momma’s lotion, you know, as I flipped those pages. It was the sweetest thing because I thought, “She flipped through these pages so frequently that her lotion is on these pages.” And, there are passages that she underlined until she really just about broke through the page. I don’t know. It has been such a gift and probably the thing that I’ve been most grateful for after her death is that she did have such an intimate, personal, deep relationship with the Lord and that was why she was such a sweet momma—because He came first with her. I do think that that is something is priceless in our friendships and in our family relationships because when operate out of that first and foremost, when we’re lined up with the Lord first and foremost, it enables us to serve one another in a way that we miss when we’re trying to take care of one another out of our own broken and sometimes selfish ways. So, it has been a really sweet thing the ways that Momma has continued to love us, even after her death, through her Bible and her prayer journal—just that legacy and that heritage that she has left for us.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: And I think you’re leaving that legacy for us. And I get the feeling that you need us as much as we need you and I’d like to give our listeners a way to get in touch with you, find out more about you and just … figure out how to have close relationships with other women. So, for those who want to get to know you better, what’s the best way to get in touch with you?
SOPHIE HUDSON: Well, there’s the blog which is www.boomama.net. Then, on Facebook, I have a Facebook page that’s really just about the books and the blog and that kind of stuff. It’s Facebook.com/sophiehudsonboomama—which is just all one big word. I check in at both those places pretty regularly. Then, on Twitter and Instagram and all those kinds of places. I tend to read the Twitter a lot. So, any of those social media options are great.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Great, well that sounds good. You’ve given us plenty of options and I just want to thank you for being such a wonderful you. You adorn us with laughter; you lavish us with your offer of friendship and I know our listeners cannot wait to pour into Giddy Up, Eunice. I’ve heard it’s a wild ride and I just want to appreciate you taking time out of your schedule to be with us today, Sophie.
SOPHIE HUDSON: Well, thanks so much for having me. I’m really so grateful for the chance to have recorded the books and it was a neat thing to be able to read them out loud. So, I hope people enjoy them a lot.
CHRISTIAN AUDIO: Get your copy of Sophie Hudson’s warm, friendly and hilarious new audiobook Giddy Up, Eunice at christianaudio.com. We’ll also treat you to a free audiobook every month when you join our mailing list. I’m Victoria Morgan. Thanks for listening!
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