W. H. Manke


If one had to describe Werner Manke in five words the most appropriate words might be being passionate about many things.
Manke's family, faith and health rank at the top of his list. He enjoyed a career in education as teacher, principal and Director of Instruction, and retired after thirty years to have time to pursue other interests. The years in education taught him much about how humans learn. Day-to-day observations, common sense and a good deal of research gave him an understanding about what it takes for people to be successful. He holds a degree with concentrations in English and Education and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Strategic Planning. Ask him what he enjoys doing since retirement he’ll tell you, "Ranking at the top with other activities I love to watch my grandchildren at play, to read and to write. In the last few years I completed five full length novels, published two, and I've recently completed writing Storms over Hawking Manor, a sequel to the first novel I published, Secrets of Hawking Manor." The later book he edited and formatted at the end of 2014 for Smashwords' distribution to publishers and retailers that sell E-Books. He had also written a number of articles, short stories and many poems during those years.
When he is not near his grandchildren he might be found writing, researching or reading. He loves to play, coach and watch a number of sports that include soccer, hockey, skiing, fishing as well as collecting. He delights in the beauty of nature and the arts. Certain types of paintings and poems and the lyrics and melodies of some songs and hymns cause him to marvel at people's talents. He continues to study history. Ask him why he does, he will say, "We can make this a better world, if we consider the actions of individuals and countries of the past, good and bad, that history shows us and include that knowledge in our guidebook to roads not yet taken."
He believes humans are the crowning work of creation, sees each person as unique, one of a kind, priceless and able to achieve the greatest deeds as well as sink to the most hideous crimes. He believes our most urgent task is to guide all children to become compassionate, confident and informed citizen willing to take on the challenge to create a peaceful world where no child goes hungry.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
A beautiful painting of a ancient estate in the English countryside that I saw in a fine old hotel caused me to wonder about the people, the society and the conditions of that time in history. What hopes, dreams, virtues and vices made up the lives of those people? Consequently, I researched the years of early 1800. What I found captivated my imagination.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Three things associated with my writing give me pleasure. I love inventing stories. For me to create the characters and to plan the actions and background equals playing for fun. Seeing a completed a novel, short story or poem in print provides a great deal of enjoyment for me.
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Where to find W. H. Manke online


Storms over Hawking Manor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,110. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
The Carstairs clan's one known enemy, Eugene, is condemned to a penal colony as a murderer, but his threats of revenge remain. On the voyage there it is reported he jumped overboard in the Indian Ocean. Unknown to the Carstairs others also plan revenge, robbery, kidnapping and murder against them. Will the Carstairs brothers be able to defend the family from the coming raging storms?
Beyond the Breaking Point
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 130,230. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It appeared Montgomery had everything a young man could wish for- good looks, talent a sweetheart and a bright future. On the day his future looked most promising he by chance became the lone witness to a brutal killing. Suddenly he was a hunted man with no place to hide. Eventually, the relentless attempts on his life by the killers and a crooked cop drove him beyond the breaking point.
Secrets of Hawking Manor
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 190,520. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Carstairs of Hawking Manor harbor secrets that time brings to light. But with the birth of the Carstairs brothers new secrets are born. Their struggles to manhood leads them to face many challenges and conflicts at home and on the untamed North American continent. Confronted by their greatest danger they must lay their differences aside, unite and become the brothers they were born to be.

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