Pamela King Cable shared her special brand of southern humor at the Lincoln Cultural Center Wednesday.
â€œIâ€™m going to entertain you just a little bit today,â€ she told the audience at the Timken Performance Hall. â€œSo picture yourself on your porch or your mamaâ€™s front porch â€“ fan away a few flies.â€
From there, Cable read a humorous essay about her mother and shared her thoughts on the South, writing and dishes made out of Velveeta and spam.
Cable, who lives in Archdale, is the author of the short-story collection â€œSouthern Fried Womenâ€ and the soon-to-be-published novel â€œTelevenge.â€
She draws on her southern heritage in everything she writes.
â€œMy stories always have a southern voice,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m a firm believer in keeping a southern accent in southern literature.â€
Born in West Virginia, Cable told the audience she was â€œraised by a tribe of Wild Pentecostals.â€
The family moved to Ohio for her fatherâ€™s work when Cable was a child.
â€œEven though thatâ€™s where we lived and where we grew up, we were southerners,â€ Cable said.
The family would visit West Virginia often, and Cableâ€™s observations and memories from childhood make up much of her work.
In honor of Motherâ€™s Day, Cable spent a good amount of time talking about her mother Wednesday.
The woman was a â€œdrop-dead gorgeous southern belleâ€ who â€œwasnâ€™t ashamed to call herself a house wife.â€
She knew how to cook on a budget, became very, very emotional at church and could â€œcook a green bean until it couldnâ€™t stand up straight.â€
Cable believes her drama-queen ways came from her mother and her love of storytelling came from both her parents.
Throughout her quirky childhood, she remembers desperately wanting to record life â€“ whether it was the stories of her mother as a beauty queen or the way people talked about their digestive systems at her wedding.
â€œMore than anything else, I wanted to sit down right where I was and write it all down,â€ she said.
Cable eventually did just that and is now touring to promote her book.
She finds the actual work of writing easy. Traveling afterwards is more difficult.
â€œThe hardest part of writing a book is what you have to do after the book is published,â€ she said.
She encourages others to follow in her footsteps and write down family stories â€“ no book tour necessary.
â€œEven things you donâ€™t think are memorable â€“ they might be to your son or daughter,â€ she said.
â€œSouthern Fried Womenâ€ is available at the Lincoln Cultural Center Gift Shop on 403 E. Main St., Lincolnton. For more information on Cable visit www.pamelacable.com.
by Sarah Grano