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Ronda Rich, best-selling author and syndicated columnist, first exploded on the national stage almost two decades ago with the wildly successful What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should), a book now in its 40th printing. The popularity of that book launched her as a storyteller who rivets audiences with tales of the South as seen through the eyes of its people. In 2019, a 20th Anniversary special updated edition will be released by Perigee, the original publisher who won the rights to the book after a four day auction in 1998.

Her latest book is called Mark My Words, A Memoir of Mama. Throughout Ronda’s career, the most compelling character in her stories has always been her mama who passed away in 2008. Now, she celebrates Mama with a compilation of favorite newspaper columns as well as new stories about the woman once called “One of the South’s great characters.”

Her other books include: There’s A Better Day A-Comin’, a personal accounting of people who triumphed over tribulation by pushing through to find a better day; the best-selling What Southern Women Know About Faith, What Southern Women Know About Flirting, My Life in The Pits (a critically acclaimed memoir of her years in NASCAR racing as a reporter and publicist) and the novel, The Town That Came A-Courtin’, which was also a major television movie starring Lauren Holly and the much beloved Valerie Harper.

A former award-winning sports writer, Ronda returned to her newspaper roots in 2003 with a weekly column which appears in over fifty newspapers. Alternating between humorous, sentimental and wise, she delivers a punch of Southern life weekly to over a million readers who revel in a story well told, one that often is entwined with a moral or lesson learned.

She has appeared on dozens of television shows including The View, Fox and Friends, The Other Half, Fox Sports, CNN as well as in the pages of People, USA Today, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, New York Times, Washington Post, Southern Living and Woman’s Own.

Ronda and her husband, John Tinker, an Emmy award-winning television drama producer and writer, live in the countryside outside of Atlanta, Georgia.