Edmond Manning was raised as Ted Manning, one of four children in Joseph and Margaret Manning’s home in a small farm town in the north west corner of Illinois. In high school, his father was also his high school English and Latin teacher, greatly influencing his love of books. His mother worked in a bank and was a voracious reader herself, also greatly influencing Manning’s love for novels.
Both parents read to the four young children before bedtime on a regular basis and therefore must certainly be blamed for hundreds of hours spent reading in bed long after a reasonable curfew. Yes, they must be blamed.
Manning attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and pursued his love of words with an English Education degree, voluntarily and sadistically enrolling in classes devoted to Chaucer and Dickens, both in the same semester. During his graduate school days, he came out of the closet and lived as openly as an advocate for GLBT issues.
Charmed by the lakes and local accent, Manning moved to Minneapolis in 1995, where he currently resides with a yard monster.