Stuff in the ‘John Temple’ Category

24 April, 2017

Untitled Nonfiction, John Temple

Edgar Award-nominated American Pain author John Temple’s new book chronicling the real-life Western epic of the Cliven Bundy clan and their thousands of zealous followers, from the 2014 standoff with federal officers at Bundy Ranch in Nevada to the 2016 takeover of a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon, in a saga that sheds light on America’s current state of civil discontent. (World Rights/BenBella Books/2018).

20 November, 2014

American Pain film deal with Warner Bros. in Variety

john-temple-headshot1-118x150Fun to see that VARIETY picked up the story about the film deal with Warner Brothers for John Temple’s AMERICAN PAIN: How a 27-year old Felon and Five Doctors Unleashed the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History.  Film agent par excellence, Shari Smiley (Gotham Group) brokered the deal with Warner Brothers after attracting Dallas Buyers Club screenwriter Melisa Wallack to the project. Greg Berlant,  who produced and wrote “The Green Lantern” and the upcoming Peter Pan origins movie “Pan” will produce. Can’t wait to hit the red carpet!

Read more here: American Pain in Variety  

21 October, 2014

American Pain optioned to Warner Brothers

John Temple’s AMERICAN PAIN, a chronicle of the rise and fall of the nation’s biggest painkiller trafficking ring, has been optioned to Warner Brothers, with Greg Berlanti’s company producing and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers’ Club) to write the screenplay by  Shari Smiley of the Gotham Group on behalf of JDA agent Jacqueline Flynn.

22 January, 2014

Where I Write: John Temple

John TempleThe next writer in our Where I Write series is John Temple

“My usual writing spot and position is feet up on the desk of my home office.  It’s a smallish room with a window flanked by two big bookshelves that looks out on our hilly backyard where the boys play baseball.  I have to stand up every 20 minutes or so and stare blankly out the window.  I definitely need to hole up away from people most of the time, but when I’m really deep into a book, I eventually grow sick of spending so many hours in the same room and I will take the laptop elsewhere, to the library at WVU or a coffee shop or some place where I don’t feel like a hermit.  The biggest distinguishing feature of the office is the Big Board, the gigantic cork board on the wall above my computer.  In the photo, it has index cards outlining the major events/scenes/sections of my current book project, color coded and divided by Act I, Act II and Act III.  I tend to put a lot of pictures, maps, advice to myself on it too.  A screenwriting technique.  I’ve used different cork boards over the years and even made one of my own, but this is the biggest one I’ve ever found, about 4X4 feet.  I’m kind of obsessed with it.” — John Temple

John is the author of The Last Lawyer and Deadhouse.  He is currently writing American Pain:  How a 27-year old Felon and Five Doctors Unleashed the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History, a chronicle of the rise and fall of the nation’s biggest painkiller trafficking ring in a shocking exposé that is populated by a gaudy and diverse cast of characters that includes the incongruous band of wealthy bad boys, thugs and esteemed physicians who built American Pain, as well as the cops and grieving mothers who labored for years to bring them to justice. Look for it in 2015 from Lyons Press.

19 November, 2013


image001john temple headshot(1)John Temple is an associate professor of journalism at West Virginia University and author of two nonfiction books.  Temple’s current book project, entitled American Pain, traces the rise and fall of the nation’s biggest painkiller trafficking ring.

Temple’s last book, The Last Lawyer, won the 2010 Scribes Award, given by the Society of Legal Writers to honor the year’s best law-related bookThe Last Lawyer chronicled the nation’s most experienced and innovative death row attorney as he slugged out his toughest case.  The book has been covered by C-SPAN, the Washington Post, the Raleigh News & Observer, and dozens of other media outlets and blogs.  Leonard Pitts, the Pulitzer-winning syndicated columnist, wrote, “The Last Lawyer is a compulsively readable indictment of a fatally flawed system.  It reads like first-class legal fiction, but it’s far more compelling because it is, tragically, legal fact.”

Temple also published a narrative nonfiction book in 2005 called Deadhouse, about the exploits of deputy coroners in Pittsburgh.  The book shadows the death investigators for a year as they worked murder scenes in the projects and pulled floaters from the Allegheny River.

Before becoming a professor, Temple was a reporter for metro daily newspapers in Tampa and Pittsburgh.  He is the father of two sons, 9 and 11.  His wife, Hollee Schwartz Temple, is a law professor and author of the inspiring book, Good Enough Is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood (Harlequin, 2011).  For more about John Temple, visit his website at