Shellie’s Bio

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, Louisiana. They have two children and five 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 latest work, “Heart Wide Open” was released by Random/Waterbrook March 18th, 2014.

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. 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 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.

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).



Whether you watch her on TV, listen to her in person or on the radio, or read her writings, the experience is the same. Shellie Rushing Tomlinson makes you feel comfortable with who you are and where you are. She helps you to see that God’s intention was not to make life complicated, and that it’s okay to laugh at yourself. Listening to Shellie makes a person feel that everyone can be a southerner at heart… She paints a warm, friendly portrait of the South — a kinder, gentler place. If you’re not from the South you’ll wish you were! ~Ed Murphy/Executive Producer, Good Morning ArkLaMiss CBS affiliate KNOE-TV8

It was a very hot July day in Louisiana… Shellie was the keynote speaker for Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference Ladies luncheon. It was my honor to host this state-wide event. After arriving at Poverty Point, I soon realized that due to the size of the crowd our event had been moved outside to the Marina’s deck. We situated the ladies outside and brought out as many fans as the deck would hold. After many sighs and “Oh, I’m sooooo hot”….  in walks Shellie. I nervously welcomed her, explained our change of plans, and apologized for the heat. She took the news with great humor and began her program. Needless to say… Shellie stole the show and won our hearts! The ladies completely forgot about the heat. They laughed and clapped and wanted more. It was a wonderful, motivational experience. Shellie leaves you with a tremendous warm feeling for your family, church, and friends! I count it an honor to recommend her to other organizations. ~Marilyn Reynolds – Winnsboro, LA Wife of LACP President – Mitch Reynolds

Most syndicated radio shows sound syndicated and listeners know it isn’t local. Not so with ATS. Shellie is just as much a local personality as our morning man. That’s because she has been so willing to work with us producing promo announcements and has even gotten involved in local public service campaigns. We’ve had people come by the radio station wanting to talk with Shellie! The recipe Segment of ATS is so popular that we’ve archived two years of shows and created a weekend feature. If you’re in a small or medium sized market pick up ATS before the station across town does! ~ Mark Aulabaugh – KSEY FM, Seymour Texas