The Destin Woman’s Club was fortunate to have a very talented author speak at its March meeting.

Debbie Wilson introduced the club's speaker, author Merle Temple, the author of four novels based on his life experiences. His career started as a deputy in law enforcement and progressed to FBI agent, politician, the halls of Congress and the White House.

Temple said he has been in contact with the producers of “Criminal Minds,” who have put options on his books and plan to make them into a television series. His works are also widely read in schools because he refuses to include profanity and sex into his narrative. He told the Destin Woman's Club many hair-raising stories about encounters with drug lords, murderers and sting operations. He also emphasized he had experienced spiritual encounters that he believes saved his life in many instances.

Following his career in law enforcement, Temple entered politics where he experienced pressure to toe the party line. His refusal to bow to politicians’ demands led to him being imprisoned for a time. Again, he received what he believed to be a message delivered to him by God through his radio, and he went on to found the biggest Christian ministry for inmates. Following his release he started writing and married his childhood friend with whom he became reunited following the death of his first wife. They now split their time between Tupelo, Mississippi, and the Emerald Coast. He will soon be heading to Hollywood to start a TV series.

Temple’s books are available on Kindle and Amazon.com.