Van Temple was born and raised in Ruston, Louisiana, and graduated from Louisiana Tech University. After a forty-three year career in community development, non-profit management, and city government service in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Louisiana, and Indiana — he retired to Abita Springs, Louisiana to focus on his lifelong ambition to be a writer, an ambition originally inspired by learning and loving to read. He has written dozens of stories, poems, and published two books. He is a member of the Bayou Writer’s Club and a lifelong runner. Other pursuits include grand-parenting, hiking, home remodeling, voter activation, and helping more women get elected to office. Temple has been a lifelong activist for peace and justice, civil rights, responsible citizenship, and affordable housing, economic and community development for low-income communities.