Pamela is a born southern fried diva and fights every day to keep her crown on straight. Not an easy task. Any diva with a job or a family knows it’s a battle.
She lives so far down in the Deep South she could almost spit a watermelon seed in the Gulf of Mexico, but well-bred Southern women don’t spit. They don’t sweat. They don’t swear. They don’t drink. But southern fried divas don’t have a pedigree. They’ve got sass and can kick ass if it’s needed and not break a nail.
Diva Pamela kicked her teaching career to the curb and found her true calling as the host of Pam McConathy’s Home and Garden on a local CBS affiliate. Notice the different last name. The name belonged to her starter husband. The show was a perfect fit because Pamela has a degree in home economics and is a certified teacher and master gardener. Pamela also told stories on the local NPR member station, reported on art and entertainment, produced TV commercials and wrote for local and trade magazines. Oh, it was a good life, but southern fried diva’s are fools for love. She’d been single and lovin’ it for a while when she met a deluxe model with husband potential.
Mr. Deluxe asked her to marry him, but there was a catch. Isn’t there always a catch? He lived hundreds of miles away in a rural area far from her media market. Pamela’s career would not likely flourish there, and he couldn’t close his business. Someone had to move. Pamela married Mr. Deluxe after a two week engagement. Southern fried divas are hopeless romantics.
Unemployed in the rural south, Pamela took stock of her skills. The only one of any use after the move was writing. She compiled the stories she’d told on the NPR member station and titled them In-laws, Outlaws, Friends and Foes. Pelican Publishing Company bought and published the collection. Pamela had so much fun writing the stories, she offered workshops on writing anecdotal stories at area conferences, club meetings and local libraries.
At a book signing at Bent Pages, (Romantic Times Most Romance Friendly Bookstore 2002), one of the owners, Molly Bolden told Pamela she should write a novel. Southern fried divas have sass so she said, “Why not?”
The task took more than just sass to conquer. It took her a couple of years of reading and taking classes to attempt her first novel, which took way too long to write and rests securely under her bed. Now, she’s winning contests and getting better every day.
Pamela is hard at work writing fiction, but she’s still a southern fried diva. There are lots of southern fried divas out there trying to do it all. Please browse the pages and share your tips for getting it all done without denting your tiara.