Today my guest is Merle Temple, author of the Michael Parker series. Today we talk about Merle’s fascinating story of beginning his career with the Missississppi Bureau fo Narcotics, then to corporate security, politics and now a novelist that draws from his very colorful experiences. Merle’s books have been optioned for a new crime series for television.
About Merle Temple:
Merle Temple was a deputy sheriff, an agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in the first “War on Drugs,” a corporate security manager, and a quixotic traveler in the rough and tumble world of politics.
All of his books are written as fiction but drawn from his life. His signature book, A Ghostly Shade of Pale, is based on his experiences in the MBN where he was held hostage by heroin dealers, targeted by organized crime for assassination, and ambushed with his team by a sniper in a terrible 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 interviewed on radio and TV outlets in Los Angeles. X-G Productions has taken an option on Merle’s books for a proposed TV series.
Ghostly is the all time bestselling novel for Barnes and Noble in North Mississippi. It 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. Ghostly 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 captures the treachery and betrayal inherent to the unholy trinity of business, crime, and politics. The third in the trilogy, The Redeemed, was released in January, 2016. Deputy: Once Upon A Time in Mississippi, the prequel to the trilogy, was released in January, 2017.
Merle and his wife, Judy, live in Tupelo, Mississippi, and he gives interviews and signs books around the country. He is available to speak to schools, churches, civic clubs, shelters, and prisons. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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