Valerie D. Wade is the author of her debut novel, Ivy Lee’s Rue, an up-and-coming novella Leaving Jacksonville. A Michigan native who grew up in Highland Park and lives in Detroit. She is a Wayne State University graduate who works as a Research Administrator.
Valerie volunteers as a literacy tutor and tutors an ESL student. She loves animals and volunteered as a dog walker. For twelve years she adored her late beagle, Buttercup. She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and aspires to learn to play the drums.
An Imaginative Writing class during her last semester at WSU sparked the original story based on a random photograph. Ivy Lee, a minor character, quickly rose to prominence as the protagonist, inspired by an ancestor’s real-life struggles. This simple story is a coming-of-age narrative of a Christian woman depicting deep love, sacrifice, and a strained sister bond.
This story follows Ivy Lee, a warm, compassionate, joyous woman from her childhood in rural North Carolina. The circumstances of her life were not ideal. When a life-altering “condition” consumed her, she reached a crossroads. Family secrets and hushed decisions kept the one thing she loved out of reach. She held hope at the cliff of psychological madness, which consumed her life as she longed for peace, clarity, and joy.