Wade Rouse is the internationally bestselling author of nine books, which have been translated into nearly 20 languages. Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. His novels include 2017 Michigan Notable Book of the Year, The Charm Bracelet, as well as The Hope Chest, and The Recipe Box.
NYT bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank says of Wade and his latest book: “Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice and The Summer Cottage is that novel.”
Wade's books have twice been selected as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today Show. His writing has appeared in Coastal Living, Time, All Things Considered, People and Good Housekeeping.
A noted humorist of four memoirs, Wade 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 earned his B.A. from Drury University and his master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.