Author encourages Destin students

Savannah Vasquez
Merle Temple explained how to write a book to fourth grade students at DES this week.

Author Merle Temple of Tupelo Miss., visited Destin Elementary School this week to give some book writing tips to Cindy Huggin’s fourth grade class.

“Writing books is really a privilege,” he told the students. “With books, you want to write to move people to laugh, to find joy, and to even cry.”

Temple shared that his novels, "A Ghostly Shade of Pale" and it’s sequel, "A Rented World," are loosely based on happenings from his own life.

“I met a lot of people in my life and I found that all the good, bad and tragic things that happened to me was all good fodder for fiction.”

Temple asked the children what they were writing about, and the answers varied from puppies and kittens to trips to a cabin.

“You have to have a beginning in mind, and an end,” said Temple. “You’ve got to sketch it out. Start with something that will grab the attention of the reader, then when you finish do that again and leave the readers satisfied and wanting to pick up the book again.”

Temple will be in Destin for another week, for more information visit