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 and her husband Phil live in Lake Providence, LA with one spoiled chocolate lab named Dixie Belle. They have two children and three 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!” will hit stores May, 3rd 2011.
Shellie is owner and publisher of All Things Southern and the host of a daily radio show and weekly video segment by the same name. A list of the twenty-eight radio stations that carry Shellie’s southern features can be found here. You can listen to Shellie’s All Things Southern LIVE Talk Show each Monday evening at 5-6 PM CST on TALK 540KMLB. The show streams LIVE and podcasts are available so everyone can join Shellie’s southern celebration!
Shellie also writes a weekly inspirational feature in Newsstar, a Gannett owned paper serving the Ark/La/Miss and a monthly print and online column for Lousiana Road Trips.
Hey, Shellie, So your saying you hoped to seeing me again was kinda ironic — and I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you again at SIBA. I imagine that you might have heard that I spent most of the rest of SIBA at the Charleston hospital (probably the one River was at). It was real scary and no fun at all, but I’m much better — probably better than I was when you saw me. So now, yes, I really hope that I’m going to see you again, sometime, somewhere along the way. I don’t have your real email address at home, so will try to send photo along soon. Justine also says Hey; we were really happy to see you!–Jim (& Justine)
JIM!!! No! I did NOT know that you went to the hosptial in Charleston. I flew out early the next morning. Mercy!!! I’m so sorry you had a scary episode but I’m thankful that you are feeling better! Please give Justine my best, too! Hugs, Shellie
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