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Southern Fried woman gives talk

Pamela King Cable shared her special brand of southern humor at the Lincoln Cultural Center Wednesday.
“I’m going to entertain you just a little bit today,” she told the audience at the Timken Performance Hall. “So picture yourself on your porch or your mama’s front porch – fan away a few flies.”
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 “Southern Fried Women” and the soon-to-be-published novel “Televenge.”
She draws on her southern heritage in everything she writes.
“My stories always have a southern voice,” she said. “I’m a firm believer in keeping a southern accent in southern literature.”
Born in West Virginia, Cable told the audience she was “raised by a tribe of Wild Pentecostals.”
The family moved to Ohio for her father’s work when Cable was a child.
“Even though that’s where we lived and where we grew up, we were southerners,” Cable said.
The family would visit West Virginia often, and Cable’s observations and memories from childhood make up much of her work.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Cable spent a good amount of time talking about her mother Wednesday.
The woman was a “drop-dead gorgeous southern belle” who “wasn’t ashamed to call herself a house wife.”
She knew how to cook on a budget, became very, very emotional at church and could “cook a green bean until it couldn’t stand up straight.”
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 – whether it was the stories of her mother as a beauty queen or the way people talked about their digestive systems at her wedding.
“More than anything else, I wanted to sit down right where I was and write it all down,” 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.
“The hardest part of writing a book is what you have to do after the book is published,” she said.
She encourages others to follow in her footsteps and write down family stories – no book tour necessary.
“Even things you don’t think are memorable – they might be to your son or daughter,” she said.
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“Southern Fried Women” 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

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