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HIGH POINT, N.C. — In the Barnes & Noble in High Point, nestled beside huge-name authors, is a book by Mary Flinn. Her name might ring a bell because she worked for 30 years as a speech pathologist in local schools. Once she became an empty nester, she embarked on an entirely new adventure, a “second act,” so to speak.

“I always wanted to write, ever since I was a little girl. I didn’t tell anyone I was going to write a book because I thought, if I fail, no one will know. I won’t have to hear about it, so I just started writing.”

That was six novels ago. She has won several book awards for independent authors. Her books are about family, life and love and are rich with references to well-known North Carolina towns and eateries.

Flinn says, “I didn’t know I was going to find my voice at 53 years old. It has been a whole new awakening for me. It has just been nothing I expected, a total surprise for me as well as for everyone who knows me.”

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