Author visits Winston Academy

From staff reports


Winston Academy received a special visit from Mississippi author Merle Temple who discussed his first book.

Temple is the author of “A Ghostly Shade of Pale” which is a gripping, crime novel based on actual events in Mississippi in the 1970s in ‘old Tupelo and Memphis.’

“A Ghostly Shade of Pale” is Temple’s first novel and is he currently working on the sequel while talking to producers for a possible movie deal.

Temple highlighted to the students and staff his motivations in writing the book and how he derived the fictional account from his life.

Some of the discussion focused around the plot of the book, themes, characters’ values, the fight between good and evil and much more.

Temple said several times that he tried to be honest in his writing.

“I try to be honest in my writing. Honest and intriguing,” said Temple.

He added that he felt like it was his responsibility to “write a good book and to capture the flavor of the state.”

Toward the end of the discussion, Temple gave a hint about the upcoming sequel to “A Ghostly Shade of Pale.”

“In the sequel, Michael will learn that organized crime he knew was nothing compared to the political corruptness coming.”

To learn more about Merle Temple and his book “A Ghostly Shade of Pale” visit