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Viola Shipman is a pen name that Wade Rouse uses to write general fiction. Wade got the name from his grandmother, a hardworking woman that inspired him.
Order of Heirloom Series
|1||The Charm Bracelet||2016||Description / Buy|
|2||The Hope Chest||2017||Description / Buy|
|3||The Recipe Box||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Viola Shipman Standalone Novels
|1||The Summer Cottage||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||The Heirloom Garden||2020||Description / Buy|
|3||The Clover Girls||2021||Description / Buy|
|4||The Secret of Snow||2021||Description / Buy|
|5||The Edge of Summer||2022||Description / Buy|
|6||A Wish for Winter||2022||Description / Buy|
|7||Famous in a Small Town||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Viola Shipman Short Stories/Novellas
|1||A Sugarplum Christmas (Short Story)||2022||Description / Buy|
The author blames his success on a mix of hard work, perseverance, and confidence. However, Shipman also believes that his grandmother played an important role in arming him with the values he needed to get ahead.
The woman was a seamstress who spent her life stitching overalls at a factory. She showed the author that the simplest things in life were also the most important. That included friends and family.
His grandfather was just as vital to his childhood. He taught Shipman the value of perseverance. From his experience, challenges were not an excuse to surrender. You overcame tough patches in life by fighting even harder until you achieved your goals.
His wisdom kept Shipman grounded. Writing has always been his passion, and he’s blessed to do what he loves every day. The author remembers singing ‘Delta Dawn’ during a talent show in middle school and being heckled off the stage. His mother and grandmother consoled the author by giving him Erma Bombeck’s first book and a writing journal.
They told him that writing would help him make sense of life. Little did they know that their gifts would pave the way for a career in publishing. Even as an adult, Shipman uses writing to organize his thoughts.
The craft allows the author to explore questions that haunt most readers. He appreciates storytelling because it builds empathy by putting readers in the shoes of people with different perspectives and backgrounds.
Shipman believes that books and stories can have a transformative effect on people. His books feature women who manifest values he saw in his mother and grandmother.
Shipman tends to emphasize the important role elders play in society. He also throws a spotlight on good people that have to fight tooth and nail to make the lives of their friends and family better.
The author takes great pleasure in passing on what he knows by teaching writing workshops. He works with both aspiring and established writers, helping them finetune their craft.
Some of his students have used Shipman’s lessons to secure deals with publishers. However, Shipman isn’t as interested in fixing the tangible mistakes plaguing desperate authors as he is in healing the invisible demons that have prevented them from pursuing their dreams.
He knows that fear keeps a lot of aspiring writers from publishing their manuscripts. Shipman uses his workshops to shine a light on that fear, outlining some of the steps writers can use to overcome the obstacle.
Viola Shipman Awards
Shipman has received a Goodreads Choice Award nomination.
Best Viola Shipman Books
The author pays close attention to his health, exercising regularly and eating well. He also takes every opportunity to travel. Shipman’s best books include:
The Charm Bracelet: Lolly’s charm bracelet was her most valuable possession. She got it from her mother, who wanted the item to keep the most important family memories alive in Lolly’s mind.
Now, Lolly is seventy, and her memory is starting to fade. She rarely sees her daughter and granddaughter because their lives are too busy. Lolly doesn’t have much time. She has to reconnect with her family before it’s too late.
Even though Arden is normally too busy to give her mother the attention she deserves, she drops everything when she gets the call, rushing to Lolly’s side.
Accompanied by her daughter, Arden learns the truth about the charm bracelet.
The Secret of Snow: Sonny Dunes loved her job. But she couldn’t compete with the AI meteorologist that had replaced her. The youthful station manager was quite blunt. The AI had attributes Sonny could never replicate. It wouldn’t age, gain weight or demand a higher salary.
At her age, Sonny’s options were limited. She had no choice but to return to her hometown in Michigan. But after a lifetime in the sun, reacclimating to the dark winters of her hometown was easier said than done.
The people made the transition even more difficult, including a former frenemy and a new boss. Forced to confront her sister’s death and the parent that forced her to migrate, Sonny is determined to make the best of a terrible situation.
Fortunately, she isn’t alone. The widowed father overseeing the Winter Ice Sculpture Contest is about to melt her heart.
When Does The Next Viola Shipman book come out?
The next book by Viola Shipman is Famous in a Small Town and will be released on June, 13th 2023.