Merle Temple came of age in the South in the wake of Elvis, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War. He earned two degrees at Ole Miss and was recruited into the first "War on Drugs" as agent in the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. A Ghostly Shade of Pale is fiction based on his experiences in the MBN where he was held hostage by traffickers, met contract killers hired to murder him, and ambushed by a sniper in a gun battle.
A Ghostly Shade of Pale caught the eye of Criminal Minds in Hollywood, and Merle signed books for the cast of CM and Major Crimes in Hollywood, met with producers, and was interviewed on radio and TV in Los Angeles. Jim Clemente at CM is writing a screenplay from A Ghostly Shade of Pale, and Merle dines with Morgan Freeman and Ravi Zacharias to discuss the book. Ghostly, the all time bestselling novel for the Barnes and Noble store that serves North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama, was selected as the contemporary novel for ICC Community College and required reading for all English students. The novel has also been used in high school and middle school English classes, and it is a favorite in many church libraries, including the 30,000 member Bellevue Baptist in Memphis.
The sequel to Ghostly, A Rented World. was released in December of 2014 to warm reviews. It deals with treachery in the corporate and political worlds, the unholy trinity of business, crime, and politics. Merle is writing the final book in the trilogy, The Redeemed, and traveling the country to speak and sign books. He lives in Tupelo, MS. with his wife, Judy.