A native of Redding, Connecticut, Diane Daniels Manning moved to Nahant, Massachusetts, a small island outside of Boston, to pursue an academic career. Climbing the tenure ladder, she moved to New Orleans to chair Tulane’s Department of Education. There she inhaled the background of New Orleans and got the inspiration for the novel STAINED GLASS. She also became certified as a child and adult psychoanalyst by the American Psychoanalytic Association. When she had an opportunity to co-found a therapeutic school in Houston, she took it.

As a writer, she enjoys creating fictional stories inspired by an actual event or historical figure. Her interest in real people’s lives also led to two non-fiction books of oral histories of teachers who began their careers in one-room country schools: HILL COUNTRY TEACHER and BUT WE MADE IT!. In fiction, an oral history of one of America’s greatest breeders of champion standard poodles provided background for the novel ALMOST PERFECTa family saga. Currently, she is working on a second New Orleans-flavored novel. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize for an earlier version of STAINED GLASS and the Women in Film and Television (WIFT/Houston) Short Script Competition for a scene from STAINED GLASS involving Martin Luther King.

Hill Country Teacher:

Memories from the One-Room Schoolhouse and Beyond

“HILL COUNTRY TEACHER vividly reminds us of how far teachers have come from a time when they had no rights and no voice — and how much they have lost through the bureaucratization of education. These teachers have a rich story to tell.”
– Albert Shanker
President, American Federation of teachers


 But We Made It!:

Voices of Texas Country Teachers 1920 – 1970

BUT WE MADE IT! tells the story in their own words of Texas teachers whose careers spanned the 1920s to the 1970s. These decades produced major changes in the ways Americans lived, worked, and thought about themselves, and expanded opportunities for women and minorities to pursue happiness freely and equally. Thirteen rare oral histories of a Texas generation no longer able to speak for themselves reveal they made their own quiet contributions.


“A charming novel about a troubled young dog owner that will appeal to readers of all ages.” – Kirkus Reviews (Click Here)

“This is one of the most heartfelt, feel good books I have read in a long time … an easy five star rating.” – Midwest Book Review (Click Here)

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