Husband Gary Edwards

Queer Places:
Northwestern University, 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208
Saugatuck, MI 49453

Wade Rouse (born March 30, 1965) is the internationally bestselling author of seven books, including his latest novel, The Hope Chest, and The Charm Bracelet. To date, the novels, written under the pen name Viola Shipman, have been translated into over a dozen languages and resonated with readers around the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name as his pen name in order to pay tribute to the woman whose heirlooms, lives, lessons and love inspire his fiction and inspired him to become a writer and the person he is today.

Wade earned his bachelor of arts in communications, with honors, from Drury University and his master of science in journalism from Northwestern University. Wade met his husband, Gary Edwards, in 1996. They married on March 28, 2014. Gary Edwards is the marketing and event manager for Wade Rouse. Wade, Gary and their rescue mutts, Mabel and Doris, split their time between the beaches, woods and water of Saugatuck, Michigan, and the sun, desert and mountains of Palm Springs.

Wade's work has been selected multiple times as a Must-Read by NBC’s Today Show, featured on Chelsea Lately on E!, and been chosen three times by the nation's independent booksellers as an Indie Next Pick.

Wade’s current novel, The Hope Chest, is about three people – Mattie, a fiercely independent woman battling ALS, Don, her devoted husband who is facing a future without his one true love, and Rose, their caregiver, a young single mother trapped in her life – who have lost a part of themselves and seemingly lost all hope until one woman’s heirloom hope chest is rediscovered, along with its contents and secrets. The book is about finding hope when all seems lost and redefining the meaning of family. Like Wade's debut novel, The Charm Bracelet, The Hope Chest was inspired by his grandmothers’ heirlooms, as well as his uncle’s courageous battle with ALS and Wade's relationship with his father’s caregivers during the final years of his life, strangers who have now become family to him.

The Charm Bracelet – which was named a 2017 Michigan Notable Book – is about how the charms on a grandmother's heirloom bracelet reconnect her to her daughter and granddaughter and reminds them – and all of us – in this too-busy age of what's most important in life: Family, faith, friends, fun, love and a passion for what you do.

Wade’s third “heirloom” novel, The Recipe Box, will publish in 2018.

Wade is also the popular, critically acclaimed author of the memoirs America's Boy, At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream, Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler”and It's All Relative.

Wade has written for People, Good Housekeeping, Coastal Living and Metrosource, among others, as well as been a regular contributor to All Things Considered, where he did a series of funny, poignant essays on family holidays. Wade's writing has also appeared in Time, Forbes, Salon, the Washington Post, Out, The Advocate, Publisher’s Weekly and Writer’s Digest. USA Today calls Wade “a wise, witty, often wicked voice,” the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic states that everyone should “read Wade Rouse, especially if you value laughter and wisdom", and Writer’s Digest recently named Wade the #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, “We'd Love to Have Drinks With” (Wade was just behind Ernest Hemingway, and just ahead of Hunter S. Thompson).


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