Wade0026Beginning with her debut work of fiction, The Snowy Day, at the tender age of 5, Stef Wade has written for a captive audience (her family) since childhood. While studying for her sensible, yet creative advertising major from Marquette University, she indulged in as many creative writing classes as possible.  After a marketing career in the illustrious world of cardboard boxes and completing her Masters in Business Administration in Integrated Marketing Communication from DePaul University, she now focuses on contemporary young adult fiction and children’s picture books.

She was the co-creator and writer for popular cooking and home blog Haute Apple Pie, featured in Taste of Home, local Milwaukee press and nominated for multiple web awards. Stef is a Chicago-born media maven with a passion for philanthropy, fashion and Italian beef sandwiches.

Stef is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She’s bounced all over the midwest with her college sweetheart husband and her three historically and literary named brood of boys and currently resides in the greater Milwaukee area.

Stef is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis.


Inspired by:

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. by Judy Blume

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Self-Help by Lorrie Moore

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult