Margaret McManis is a children's author and seasoned librarian with more than thirty years' experience in school libraries in and around the Houston area. She is a frequent guest lecturer who has appeared at the Sam Houston State University Bluebonnet Book Festival, the Austin Book Festival, and in public schools, museums, libraries, and bookstores to talk about Texas history and introduce children to the legendary Texas philanthropist, Ima Hogg. She is the author of the first children's picture book about Ima Hogg, Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race, and she revisits this historical character in The Wild Texas Stampede!, her first title with Pelican. An active writer, she has contributed articles to Image Magazine, School Library Media Activities Monthly, and That! Texas Magazine.
McManis earned a bachelor's degree in library science from Sam Houston State University in 1970 and went on to earn a MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont. She is a member of the Writers' League of Texas, the Texas Historical Association, the Texas Library Association, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston.
A student advisor at Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas, McManis also enjoys presenting Ima Hogg tea parties, spending time with her family and dog, and researching and writing about historical Texas characters. She lives in Conroe, Texas.