My name is Bill Wolfe. I’m a husband (32 years) and father (two sons, 30 and 25) who spent 19 years teaching high school English, Journalism, and AVID in the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. In 2016 I took advantage of an early retirement incentive and established a freelance editing business, Argus Editorial Services. https://arguseditorial.com
I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, with brief periods in Honolulu and San Francisco. I attended UCLA and California State University, Northridge, earning a BA in English. After working for a few years as a journalist, I attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, graduating in 1990. I practiced law until late 1996, when I made a career change to teaching. It was the work I was destined to do. I taught at my last school from 1999-2016. In 2005, I was named District Teacher of the Year.
My other interests include photography, nearly everything having to do with Australia (especially music and Australian Rules Football, aka “footy”), politics, social activism, travel, and spending as much time as I can at the coast (two hours away).
I began this blog in June 2013 for a few reasons. First, I wanted to share my love of books with more people. Second, I realized that about half of the books I read were by women, and back in 2012-2013 I was seeing a lot of articles and social media posts about gender bias in publishing and in coverage of authors and books. Finally, I knew that most men read very little fiction by women, and I hoped to persuade them to read more. So I thought this would be rich territory for me to work in. I was following a lot of blogs and authors at the time and I ran the idea past them. The response was encouraging and they even helped me brainstorm ideas for the blog’s name.
Now it’s eight years and several thousand readers later and, to my surprise, it’s still a going concern. I hope you’ll decide to subscribe/follow in whatever way works for you. You can also find Read Her Like an Open Book on Instagram.