Julie Jo Severson, co-editor and co-author of Here in the Middle, is a former PR girl now freelance writer, journalist, editor, and lost-and-found attendant for two teens and a tween. Still an English major at heart, she finds solace in writing her way through those universal experiences that bind us together. In 2015, she launched her storytelling blog Carvings on a Desk (carvingsonadesk.com) to reconnect with her own voice swirling around in the middle.
Since then, her creative nonfiction has also been featured on Ten to Twenty Parenting, Midlife Boulevard, Mamalode, BonBon Break, and elsewhere. She lives in Minnesota with her husband of twenty-plus years and their three kids.
The middle years of life are ones of tremendous joy and unchartered challenges. Often times, these are the years when we are pulled in multiple directions, with the needs of our career, marriage, children, aging parents, and friendships all taking a toll on our time and energy. But it can also be a time filled with simple pleasures, deeper connections, and settling into our own skin. Here In The Middle is a collection of essays co-edited by Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson giving a voice to the complexity of the middle place, sandwiched between love and loss. Both contributed as part of the thirty-two other writers hoping readers can find acceptance, solace, and understanding.