A native of North Carolina, award-winning author Mary Flinn long ago fell in love with her state’s mountains and its coast, creating the backdrops for her series of novels, The One, Second Time’s a Charm, Three Gifts, and A Forever Man. With degrees from both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University, Flinn retired in 2013 from her first career as a speech pathologist in the N.C. public schools. Writing novels was always a dream for Flinn, who began crafting the pages of The One when her younger daughter left for college at Appalachian State University in 2009. The characters in this book have continued to call to her, wanting more of their stories told, which bred the next three books in the series. A follow-up story, the grand finale of the Kyle and Chelsea series, featuring one of the series’ characters, notorious mean girl, Elle McLarin, whom everyone loves to hate, was released in May of 2015 and is entitled, A Girl Like That.
Flinn is the recipient of the Reader Views Literary Awards 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Honorable Mention in the romance category for A Forever Man. The First Place Award for Romance Novel in the Reader Views 2011 contest went to Three Gifts, as well as the Pacific Book Review Best Romance Novel. Second Time’s a Charm, also released in 2011, won an Honorable Mention in the Reader Views Reviewers’ Choice Awards. In addition to romance, Flinn writes contemporary fiction, including B.R.A.G. Medallion winner The Nest, and Breaking Out. A Girl Like That is the recipient of two literary awards, a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and an honorable mention in the Reader Views Literary Book Awards in the general fiction category. Mary Flinn lives in Summerfield, North Carolina with her husband. They have two adult daughters.