Welcome to Celia Riverbark’s WOW blog tour* for her latest book, You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning.
How to turn your desire to be a smart ass into a writing career
After a couple of years of college, Celia went to work for her hometown paper then to the Wilmington, NC Morning Star. After a stint as a copy editor, Celia started writing a weekly humor column.
Then having met and married a cute guy in sports, Celia found herself happily knocked up at age 40, and quit newspapering to stay home with her baby girl. Soon after, she started using Sophie's two-hour naps to write a humor column from the mommy front lines for the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, SC.
In 2000, Coastal Carolina Press published a collection of Celia's columns called Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments . Her second book, We're Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle was the winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Nonfiction Book of the Year and was a finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Her third book, Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: A Slightly Tarnished Southern Belle's Words of Wisdom was named best title of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly magazine and landed her a gig on Good Morning America. Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fits , published in 2006, was a Thurber Prize semi-finalist for humor, and one of three finalists for the SIBA Nonfiction Book of the Year.
On the way to becoming the Susan Lucci of humor book writers, hopefully her latest work, You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning, which includes riotously funny essays and a bunch of Southern-style recipes that are slap-yo-mama-fine, will get her a few more of those coveted awards. Assuming that David Sedaris, Rick Bragg and Jon Stewart didn’t publish anything this year that is.