Viola Shipman
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Viola Shipman

Dear Reader!

I am honored to be able to write novels that are inspired by my grandmothers' heirlooms, lives, lessons and love. The novels I write are a tribute to family - about bad things that happen to good people - and how we soldier through the hardships in our lives with love, faith, hope and each other. My fiction is also a tribute to all of our elders, whose stories and sacrifices helped shape us and make us the people we are today. I truly hope my books reconnect you to your own family's stories, heirlooms, histories and traditions. As my mother, a former hospice nurse, used to say, "Life is as short as one blink of God's eye, so we best make sure we honor and enjoy our time here." And as my grandma used to say, "The simplest things in life are the greatest gifts." All of this is why I write the books I do.

That includes my upcoming novel, THE SUMMER COTTAGE, which will publish April 23, 2019, from Graydon House Books/HQN/HarperCollins and is available for pre-order NOW!

THE SUMMER COTTAGE was inspired by childhood summers spent with my grandparents at their log cabin on the water in the Ozarks.

Growing up in the Ozarks in the 1960s and '70s, my parents would drop me off after school ended on Memorial Day, and I would stay with my grandparents - my parents visiting on weekends - until school started again after Labor Day. That old log cabin didn't have a TV, microwave, telephone or indoor bathroom. We bathed in the ice-cold water, and we listened to an ancient radio we had to position just-so in order to hear Jack Buck's voice broadcast the St. Louis Cardinals games over a constant crackle. Most of the meals we caught ourselves: Bass right out of the water and fried in my grandma's cornmeal batter.

So why did I opt out of summers with friends to stay with my grandparents? Because while that cabin may have been short on luxuries it was long on memories. And because during our summers together my grandparents' only rule was that we all have fun. Together.

My grandma - a hardworking seamstress - and my grandfather - a former vacuum salesman - used to say that the only things we needed were innertubes, fishing poles, books, and each other.

A huge moose head kept eye over the narrow kitchen and living room, its eyes as glassy as my grampa's after a Manhattan. The kitchen stove sloped so badly that our morning eggs would just slide away into oblivion. The cabin had a lake stone fireplace that smelled of smoke, and a tiny upstairs contained 10 cots to hold all the visiting grandchildren and relatives. But the best thing about that cabin on the water is that I got to know my grandparents not only as my grandparents but as real people, who had hopes and dreams, and who cried and laughed, just like me. My grandma and I read to each other every day - from the Bible or a dime store paperback - and she encouraged me to write. They sacrificed so their families could have better lives than they did. I could always feel the love my grampa had for my grandma reverberate in every log, chink and mossy steppingstone in that cabin. My grandparents taught me that even the tiniest of cottages could feel like mansions if they were only filled with love.

Those summers on the water and that cabin so influenced me that I moved from the city as an adult and bought a knotty pine cottage in the Lake Michigan resort town of Saugatuck. That's where I now write novels - under the pen name of my grandmother Viola Shipman - where THE SUMMER COTTAGE is set and where I recreate the summers of my childhood with family and friends. There are special places all of us return in order to reunite with family and escape from the real world, and this novel celebrates those places and memories.

I may have a TV at my cottage, but I don't use it in the summer. I have books, innertubes, fishing poles, a screened porch and the water. And every summer day I celebrate my grandparents' only rule: That the best gifts in life are truly the simplest and that all we really need is each other to be happy.

This is a novel that is meant to be shared among generations, just like a summer cottage. I truly hope you love THE SUMMER COTTAGE, and that you not only read it on the beach or in your favorite hammock on the porch but also that it brings back wonderful memories and helps start new ones.

Thank you for visiting, much love, and happy reading!

*****

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for WADE ROUSE, 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.

Wade's novels include THE CHARM BRACELET, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book of the Year; THE HOPE CHEST; and THE RECIPE BOX. NYT bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank says of Wade and his latest novel, THE SUMMER COTTAGE: "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."

Library Journal writes that Wade has "hit upon the perfect formula to tell heartwarming, intergenerational family stories by weaving together the lives, loves and history of family through cherished heirlooms." He recently signed a three-book book deal with HarperCollins. His next novel, THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN, will publish in April 2020.
 
Wade's books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC's Today Show, featured in the Washington Post, USA Today and on Chelsea Lately and have also been chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation's independent booksellers.

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

Also 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. 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. For more, visit www.ViolaShipman.com

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