- A Rented World (2014)
- A Ghostly Shade of Pale (2013)
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Merle Temple worked after high school for the FBI in Washington before returning to Mississippi to attend the University of Mississippi where he studied Criminal Justice. He earned two degrees at Ole Miss. He then began working in the 70’s for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and became the first Captain in the Bureau. Working undercover in the Bureau, he had many close encounters with drug dealers and organized crime. He worked in Internal Affairs as an investigator.
Temple has been honored with the American Legion Award and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Mississippi. His long career has also seen him as a professor at Augusta State University, a Bell System Security Manager, education chair for the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Care Management Consultants Chair, and Deputy Superintendent of Education for the state of Georgia.
Temple began writing when he retired. His books, A Rented World (2014) and A Ghostly Shade of Pale (2013) are inspired by his real life experiences in different positions of employment. His main character, Michael Parker, in A Ghostly Shade of Pale, is a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics captain.
He and his wife Judy Bates Temple live in Saltillo, Mississippi.
In the video below, Merle Temple speaks at Itawamba Community College, a school he once attended.
- Stowers: Merle Temple’s second installment digs deeper (2014) The Clarion Ledger
- Merle Temple Books Facebook Page
- Merle Temple’s LinkedIn Profile