Wade Rouse Author

Wade Rouse is the internationally bestselling author of seven books, including his latest novel, The Hope Chest, which launched in March from St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, and The Charm Bracelet, which came out in paperback in January 2016. 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.

Trip Down Memory Lane

Wade takes his dad for a visit to the past but discovers that the same scenes that bring his father comfort can also be haunting reminders of what was. Each time I visit my...

DIARY: Hurting My Pride?

When a book event ends up overflowing with fans of his partner Gary, Wade is left wondering: How come no one showed up to root for him? BY WADE ROUSE On a recent book tour, I...

Wade Rouse Asks: If Clothes Make the Man or Woman, Can They Unmake a Vacation?

Wade and his pal Trish spend a year planning to look fabulous on vacation, only to end up arriving without a thing for her to wear. The four of us stood in silence as the luggage...

And . . . Voilá! Wade Rouse Explains His Pen Name of Viola Shipman

When Wade begins writing fiction under a female pen name, he’s forced to consider what womanhood means to him. “What’s he doing up there? Where’s Viola? That’s a man!”...

Diary: Love, Wade

Wade remembers crafting a valentine mailbox in school that attracted the attentions of a fellow student who liked him — and a bully who did not. In my grade school, it was...

Dark Blue Marcia

Wade regretted lying to the women who helped him pass as straight over the years — until one of them asked for help in return. A beard is any person who — with or without...

Puppy Love Brings Wade an Unexpected Yuletide Gift

Wade is convinced Gary has gone too far with an unexpected holiday gift for his parents, but their reaction turns out to be the real surprise. “No!” I said to Gary and the dog...

Binge-Watch Guilt: When Must See TV Becomes Too Much

After realizing that binge-watching television is leaving them exhausted, Wade and Gary attempt to unplug after 6pm — to mixed results. “Just one more?”Gary asked...

DIARY: Don’t Tell Wade to “Dress His Age”

After Wade gets mistaken for an unexpected celebrity, he reflects on how his evolving relationship with fashion allowed him to take it in stride. I was about to cross a street in...

Living in a Tourist Destination? Careful What You Wish For

From living in two popular destinations, Wade learns to loathe tourists — until one of them finally reminds him why he moved there in the first place. If I ever end up on an...

DIARY: Let Me Entertain You

Faced with underwhelming attendance at his earliest readings, Wade resorts to a variety of attention-getting gimmicks to engage the masses. At one of my first author events, a...

DIARY: My Own Auntie Mame

Wade’s visits from his eccentric Great Aunt Blanche gave him some of the happiest moments of his childhood — and the promise of a beautiful future. Great Aunt Blanche blew...