Mississippi Author Pam Hillman & Her Three Mamaws in Cameo

Three strong women pictured with the author and her husband on their wedding day: 

Lorene Graham, Ollie Tune, and Callie Evans.

My guest today is Mississippi author Pam Hillman, a long time acquaintance, who has a new book out- CLAIMING MARIAH.  DO NOT MISS ALL THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN PRIZES, EXPLAINED AT THE END OF THIS BLOG. But don’t jump ahead and miss Pam’s stories. Pam is going to sahre about not one but THREE grandmothers or in Mississippian Mamaws to share with us. These three are not your everyday grandmothers or today maybe they are! Here’s Pam:

 “A strong woman is a smart woman.

 My maternal grandmother, Mamaw Evans, was a smart woman. Down here in Mississippi, people used to say, “She’s a smart worker.” That meant that she worked smarter, not harder. She planned the work and worked the plan. Mamaw Evans was that kind of woman. Mamaw and Papaw lived in the middle of forty acres and grew cotton, corn, and vegetables. Papaw was a truck farmer, and spent many summer days peddling vegetables. Mamaw liked to stay at home and sew and putter around the house while he was gone. But Mamaw’s puttering wasn’t the ordinary stay-at-home-mom-and-bake-cookies housewife kind. Papaw might come home to find the walls in the house had been moved. Kitchen needed to be bigger? No problem. Mamaw made it so. From all accounts, Mamaw moved every wall in their house at one time or another. Now that’s a smart woman.

 A strong woman is a caring woman.

My paternal grandmother, Granny Tune, was a caring woman. She had five children and a host of grandchildren. She was a short, dumpy woman and could come across a little grumpy sometimes. One of my cousins affectionately called her Granny-Grump-Stump. I wanted to call her that because it fit so perfectly, but I was too polite to ever actually utter the words. Granny had five children and three of them lived within walking distance of her country home. So that meant in her elder years, she had a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren parading in and out of her house from daylight to dark, especially during the summertime. No wonder she got a little grumpy on occasion. But she loved every child that came through her door, and her Christmas shopping started the day after Christmas when toys went on sale. By June, she’d proudly announce that she’d not only completed her shopping but her wrapping as well. Now, that’s not only caring, that’s smart!

A strong woman is a Godly woman.

My husband’s grandmother, known far and wide as Ms. Lorene or just Mamaw, is a Godly woman. She’s 94 years old and still pastors our church. She dropped out of school in the eleventh grade to get married, went back to school to get her GED at the age of 77, then went on to get her college degree. She was the oldest person in the state of Mississippi to be inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Hall of Fame and was invited to the Phi Theta Kappa Convention in Washington, DC. With degree in hand, she spent the next ten or so years teaching GED Algebra at the local community college while sharing the gospel with her students. I’d say that makes her smart, caring, and Godly. You can read more about Mamaw Lorene at Calico Trails in a post honoring her 93 birthday in December 2011.

Strong women have hidden strengths that might not always be apparent to passing acquaintances, but those of us who know them well can spot those strengths a mile away. And we strive to emulate them.

I’d love for you to share a cameo of a strong woman who’s influenced you.”–Pam


Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel.


Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,

Claiming Maria

To purchase, click here. Claiming Mariah


To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders

(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ Display, or Nook Simple Touch) to

Two Winners.

Two ways to win: Like Pam Hillman’s Author page on facebook and/or sign up for Pam’s newsletter.

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.


And….that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly during the tour. The best way to keep up with these is to check in regularly on Pam’s facebook page.


The Prize Vault is Open!


Like Pam’s facebook author page and click on Events to sign up for current giveaways.



January 5th: http://inspirationalhistoricalfiction.blogspot.com/


January 8th-9th: http://www.novelpastimes.com

Click for a Complete List of Stops Along the Tour


As you can tell from all the info at the end, Pam Hillman takes after her grandmothers! Don’t miss a chance to enter her contests, etc!–Lyn


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20 Responses to Mississippi Author Pam Hillman & Her Three Mamaws in Cameo

  1. Jackie Smith says:

    Excited about your new book, Pam! Enjoyed your story here…..I never knew my maternal grandma and was not close to the other one. I have a great bond with my grandson; he calls me Mema!
    Jackie S.

  2. StrongWomen says:

    So glad to have Pam as my guest today!

    • Pam Hillman says:

      Lyn, thank you so much for inviting me. I love the theme of your blog. Made me think outside the box, which is always fun and exciting.

      Writing about my grandmothers brought back some warm and fuzzy memories for me and for your readers!

      And I just barely scratched the surface with those little cameos of them. So many memories…so much more I could have shared. 🙂

  3. Myra Johnson says:

    What inspiring portraits of these strong women, Pam! Truly a family legacy worth passing along.

    What I remember most about my grandmother is her homemade cherry pies. They had a cherry tree in the front yard, so she canned her own cherries and made the pies from scratch. Just the smell of a cherry pie in the oven brings back sweet memories of her.

    • Pam Hillman says:

      Oh, man, Myra, nothing like a homemade cherry pie with lots and lots of buttery, flaky crust! You’re making my mouth water!

      But now I’m remembering going to Mamaw Evans’ house and eating hamburgers. Papaw and Mamaw didn’t eat hamburgers as a general rule, but because she knew us kids loved burgers, that’s what she’d make for us. We ate them on loaf bread, not buns, and Mamaw didn’t have ketchup. Instead, we ate them with Papaw’s homemade ketchup….it was basically a really thick, sweet salsa. Best hamburgers in the world.

  4. Laneta Campbell says:

    Hey, Pam….I enjoyed reading about your three Mamaws as well….nothing like having a godly heritage, is there? Love, love the wedding pic, you and Iran were so cute! 🙂 Congrats on your second book release, I know you are thrilled….all of your hard work is now paying off!! Love ya’!

    • Pam Hillman says:

      Laneta, dear friend, I am so glad you stopped by. Ask Doretha what time she got up to read Claiming Mariah yesterday morning. So glad I connected with her through you. She’s a gem!

      Iran’s probably not too happy I posted that pic. Then on the flip side, maybe he’ll share it with his buddies. We were both young, cute, thin.

      Did I mention young?

  5. I’m totally excited! Not often do I discover a book coming in Christian Historical Fiction that I didn’t know about months in advance! Definitely one for me to add to my lists to talk about on http://www.ChristianHistoricalFiction.com!

    • Pam Hillman says:

      Margaret, you’re excited? I bet I could give you a run for your money in the excitement department. 🙂 I’m bookmarking Christian Historical Fiction. Give me a shout-out on facebook when you review Claiming Mariah.

      Pam Hillman, Author seems to be the “hub” for me to keep up with reviews, etc.

      Thank you!!!

  6. Debby Giusti says:

    Loved reading about your Mamaws! And your wedding pic. Such a treasure!

    My Mammaw Morris was a strong woman as well. Now I’m Mammaw to my grandchildren. Wonder how many grandmas are Mammaws/Mamaws?

    Can’t wait to read Claiming Mariah! Love the name of your heroine! Love the cover! Love the blurb! I know I’ll love the book!

    • Pam Hillman says:

      Mammaw/Mamaw must be a Southern thing.

      I’m betwixt and between on children and grandchildren so I don’t have a moniker yet for myself as grandmother. My MIL is Mams and/or Mamsie to all her grandchildren. We already had several Mamaw’s so she thought of something different. One of these days when the need arises, I’ll come up with something special for my own grands.

      Since my hubby is a cowboy, I’ve got his grandfatherly handle already picked out: CowPa! But…CowMa just doesn’t quite bring to mind the image I’d like to convey….

      • Debby Giusti says:

        CowPa is too cute! That needs to be in a book. 🙂

        • Pam Hillman says:

          Actually, I think it is… Had to think about this for a minute…. Gina Holmes used it in Crossing Oceans, so she gets credit for “inventing” a new word. The grandfather didn’t have cattle, but that’s what the little girl called her grandfather.

  7. Pam, what beautiful portraits of your grandmothers! They certainly were strong women. My grandmother is my ‘heroine.’ She died when I was 5. But since I spent so much time with her I remember her vividly. Her most outstanding characteristic was her kindness — a great and godly woman to emulate.

    • Pam Hillman says:

      Cara, the fact that she made such an impact on you from such an early age proves that she was definitely an amazing woman! Enjoy thinking about your grandmother today. 🙂

  8. Pam Hillman says:

    Lyn, thank you so much for inviting me over today. I’m settling in with my coffee, excited to make new friends.

    Anybody willing to share something fun, quirky (like Mamaw moving the walls, or funny that your grandmother did that still brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart?

  9. Angie W. says:

    One of the strongest women I invite is my maternal grandmother. Her husband, my grandfather, died from sugar diabetes in 1969 and left her with three young children to care for. She took care of them holding down two and three jobs at a time while my mom and her brother and sister were growing up. She has often told me it was hard but it was something that made her stronger in the end. She wishes she had had more time with my grandfather because they were only in their early 30s, but the experience made her the woman she is today.