About Wade

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WADE ROUSE is the internationally bestselling author of 11 books, including four memoirs and five novels, which have been translated into 20 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide.

Wade’s books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today show, featured in USA Today, The Washington Post and Chelsea Lately and chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers.

Wade is the noted humorist of four critically-acclaimed memoirs. He was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards in Humor (he lost to Tina Fey) and was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson).

Wade’s novels, written under the pen name Viola Shipman, are beloved by readers across the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction.

Wade’s debut novel The Charm Bracelet was a 2017 Michigan Notable Book of the Year, and The Summer Cottage was the #1 Bestselling Novel in Michigan in 2019. Wade’s novels have hit the bestseller lists in Germany (where he was #1 on the Spiegel Bestseller List), Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Library Journal writes, “Shipman’s charming stories of finding peace, listening to your heart, and remembering those who came before you are just what the world needs right now.”

NYT bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank says of Wade and his latest novel, The Heirloom Garden: “Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters.  Viola Shipman is that voice!”

Wade recently signed a four-book book deal with HarperCollins/Graydon House Books. His next novel, The Summer Camp, will publish in April 2021, followed by his first winter-themed novel in fall 2021. He is also working on a series of holiday novellas.

Wade’s writing has appeared in a diverse range of publications and media, including Coastal Living, Time, All Things Considered, People, Good Housekeeping, Salon, Forbes, Country Woman, Taste of Home, Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly.

Wade earned his B.A. from Drury University and his master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. He divides his time between Saugatuck, Michigan, and Palm Springs, California, and is also an acclaimed writing teacher who has mentored numerous students to become published authors.