WildlyRead began back in 2009 on Blogger. I was working as the Children’s Department Manager for The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and wanted a larger platform through which to interact with the great wide reading world out there. Because apparently talking to other booksellers and customers all day long wasn’t enough.
I called my blog WildlyRead, because while I do read a wide range of topics, subjects, genres, styles, etc. etc. etc., I don’t want to claim actually being “widely read”. There are hundreds of classics out there I haven’t gotten to, and I’m a little light on the entire category of non-fiction. I am, however, WILDLY read, as I try to devour over 100 books a year, often reading several at the same time.
Other the years, WildlyRead moved to a WordPress platform, and is now part of the larger WildlyLived online home for my book blogging, travel blogging, photography, arts & crafts, and other creative pursuits. WildlyLived is the hub for WildlyMade (cooking, photography, cards, books, and other hand-made/created items), WildlyRead (book blogging), and WildlyTraveled (travel blogging). It sounds like a lot, but really, I just like to be organized.
So who’s actually writing this? My name is BrocheAroe (pronounced, vaguely, bruh-khuh a-roy), a portmanteau of my tribal names: Broche, meaning blessing/blessed from the Hebrew of my Levite Tribe, and Aroe, meaning spirit from the Bororo of my Aroroe Tribe in Brazil. I grew up traveling the world with my Anthropologist parents, and consequently feel comfortable in city, town, or country, connecting with all types of people. I’m a bookaholic, with undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Literature for Children. I’ve worked in a museum library, a corporate bookstore (only once! #IndiesFirst), numerous independent bookstores, two publishing companies, and as an English teacher.
Currently, I’m a children’s bookseller, frontline bookseller (meaning adult books, too), and Publicity Assistant at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. I also continue to take on independent clients as I began my own consulting business in 2013, doing business and marketing development. Any extra time I have is spent working on my picture book manuscript, my young adult manuscript, and my first adult novel (with the occasional freelance writing gig on the side). Ultimately, I work hard to improve communication, foster cross-cultural exchange, and build community in both my personal and professional lives.