Pamela Parker was born in a small mill town in Georgia and raised by grandparents who told stories about life in the rural South in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Despite having no educational background of any sort, Parker began writing plays in the late 1980s; the first three were one-act plays and all have been produced in New York City. Second Samuel was the first full-length play. Dan Hulbert of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution named it the Best Original Play '91-'92. In 1995, Parker won the Southern Playwrights Competition at the Center for Southern Studies at Jacksonville State University in Alabama with A Higher Place in Heaven. In 1997, Pat Conroy invited Parker to the Southern Voices conference, Hoover, Ala., to read from The Second Samueltonian—a collection of short stories. In 2010, Parker became an international playwright when Second Samuel was produced in Perth, Australia.