Martha Gabour Manuel
Martha Gabour Manuel is a true Louisiana author who grew up in Alexandria, and now resides in Ventress, Louisiana.
Her first official job was in the office of the Pineville News and the Patriot Tribune – two weekly newspapers owned and operated by her parents.
When an aunt from Texas decided to take a trip to Hawaii and invited Martha to go along, she was quick to accept the invitation. Only after being in Hawaii for a week, did Martha reveal to “Aunt Chris” that she would be remaining in Hawaii.
Thus began her "working career."
In Hawaii she worked as a hostess at the Rigger Restaurant. One year later, her travels took her to Alexandria, Virginia where she worked at Sears, and then on to Winston Salem, North Carolina where she worked at Wachovia Bank.
Realizing there is no place like home, Martha returned to Louisiana, and began working for the La. Forestry Association, and later the District Attorney and Police Jury offices.
The bulk of her work experience, however, was with the State of Louisiana as a civil service employee, first at Pinecrest State School and then Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville.
A special promotional opportunity was offered with the DHHR – Office of Management and Finance, and it was off to Baton Rouge. Soon after the move Martha married her husband and best friend, Percy.
Next came work with the Exceptional Children’s Act, DSS, Office of Human Development, Division of Federal Programs, and the Division of Fiscal Services.
Venturing into uncharted waters, she left state civil service and went to work for First Investors, a Wall Street investment firm, and then on to New York Life Insurance Company.
Work resumed with state at the DOA – Office of Risk Management. Many years were then worked in the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs.
It was around this time that she began taking flying lessons. When the tragedy of 9/11 took place in 2001 she decided the friendly skies weren’t so friendly anymore, and abruptly ended her flying lessons. Actually, if the truth be known, it could have been that she got worried when they started doing background checks on all the people who were taking flying lessons at the time. There was the “incident” at the White House … but then again, that’s a whole different story!
Martha became the Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit. Another promotion took her to DHH, Bureau of Community Supports and Services.
In 2006 she retired in order to run for State Senator.
By 2009 she was hard at work establishing another career move – that of an author. It was not until she was appointed Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs that being an author was put on hold.
Unsure whether all the promotions were based on her outstanding work ethics, or merely an attempt to get her out of their office by promoting her to another, Martha is quick to affirm the old saying – if you are persistent enough you can achieve ANYTHING!
Martha is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother – her most cherished accomplishments.
This varied background has given her a tremendous insight into the workings of governmental entities in cities, towns, and rural communities in her beloved state, and even more important – the people therein.
After leaving the regular work force once more, there was a renewed interest in writing novels. Now the author of such titles as Murder on False River, and Political Treason, Martha is currently working on a third book which will make its’ debut in October 2015.
The year between Murder on False River and Political Treason was devoted to working with her mother, Ruth Bryan Gabour, while she wrote her book, “Fannie and Udie … the scare of a lifetime!”