About Jo Russell

Award-winning author, Jo Russell.Jo Russell is an award-winning author, blogger, and speaker whose humor and insights span decades. She brings hope, encouragement and humor into everyday living including coping with hardship. These experiences have built her hope and faith in God. Besides winning several national writing contests for humor and having scores of articles in national publications in print, she has an award-winning book and has written a popular weekly blog with a worldwide following since 2012 on this website.

Jo has contributed to two Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes and five other anthologies. Jo has three other books releasing: Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin: A Fun-Lovers Guide for Spiritual Living and Growing (print and e-book now available for sale), Lighten Up and Laugh: A Healing Tickle to Your Life and Funny Bone (e-book only; releasing February or March 2018) as well as Bring on the Baskets of Blessings! Fast, Easy, Personalized and Outreach Ministry Gifts (e-book only; releasing soon). Click on the Shop tab to see samples of these books.  

Jo is a mother of grown twin sons. She raised the boys from diapers to adulthood as a single parent. Jo retired as an elementary reading specialist and shared the secrets of moving out of the “Turtles Reading Group” [her own placement until sixth grade] into the “Reading is Fun Achievers.” She pursued a second career in retail sales, saving do-it-yourself enthusiasts dollars and red-faced moments by teaching them how to do simple fix-it tasks and repairs.

Jo lives in the four season climate of northeast Arizona. She seeks out humor, finds it and brings it to life in her writing. Besides writing and speaking, Jo enjoys a local Red Hats and church-sponsored quilting groups.

What to expect of Toastmaster-trained Jo as your speaker: She will create a custom-designed message just for your group, whether it is for a small group event, workshop, inspirational speech, or coaching. All messages have an uplifting, positive concept that with God’s help, no challenge is too hard to handle.

About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

Contact Jo

Find Jo on Twitter and Facebook. To schedule Jo as a speaker or to discuss your writing project and receive a free quote, call her at 928-536-2479. Or contact her using the website Contact Form.

Feeling Blue?

That can't last. Listen in on four talks of Jo's to banish those blues:

How Do I Count My Blessings When the Toilet is Overflowing?

The Choice We Have Between a Dead Egg and a Live Savior

Never Give Up!

Can Kermit and Miss Piggy Marry and Live Happily Ever After?