As an infant, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson had one of the earliest cases of appendicitis ever documented. Subsequently, fifty-four doctors came to Natchez, MS to study her case. In retrospect, Shellie believes it may have been better had they studied her brain. Shellie is willing to admit it. She hears voices. After briefly considering medication she has instead chosen a career in storytelling to allow them all a chance to be heard. It’s working out pretty well. Shellie enjoys entertaining and encouraging a wide range of audiences. Whether sharing her humorous slant on growing up southern in civic and educational settings or offering inspiring thoughts in church retreats and ladies’ seminars, Shellie’s talks are always full of laughs and motivation.
Shellie lives in Lake Providence, Louisiana with her husband, Phil. They have two children and four grandchildren. Shellie is the author of “Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road”, “‘Twas the Night before the Very First Christmas”, “Southern Comfort with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson” and the Penguin Group USA release, “Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On”, voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by SIBA, the SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance. “Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!” was released May, 2011 and has subsequently been nominated for the same Nonfiction Book of the Year by SIBA for 2012. Her next work, Heart Wide Open was released by Random/Waterbrook in March of 2014, and her latest is a humor-filled cookbook, Hungry is a Mighty Fine Sauce.
Shellie is owner and publisher of All Things Southern and the host of a weekly radio talk show and daily radio segments by the same name.
When Shellie isn’t playing with grandchildren, writing, speaking, taping her show, answering email or writing content for the next deadline, you can find her throwing the tennis ball with Dixie Belle, (the chocolate lab who thinks she is in charge of running Shellie’s life).