Author Flinn shares experiences with students at Killian High

By Gloria Burns….

Author Alex Flinn (center front) is pictured with students at Miami Killian High School who are mentored by Women of Tomorrow. The young women hold copies of Flinn’s novel, Breathing Under Water.

What do you get when you mix a lawyer, an author, bubbles and water? You get a person like Alex Flinn who can inspire, entertain and write.

Fortunately for one young group, Alex Flinn, the author of Breathing Under Water and Beastly, took time out of her busy schedule to visit students mentored by Women of Tomorrow (WOT) at Miami Killian High School. She not only shared her life experiences but also discussed the obstacles she overcame in pursuit of her dream of becoming a writer at the tender age of 5.

Her first novel, Breathing Under Water, was written based upon her own experiences while working as a lawyer with battered women.  With the latest edition edited to bring her characters into the 21st Century, you will find there are no more beepers but instead cell phones. Other changes you can read for yourself.

After her talk with the students, Flinn presented each with a personalized, signed copy of her book.

Flinn lives in Palmetto Bay with her husband, former Mayor Eugene Flinn, and two daughters.

Her latest novel, Beastly, recently was made into a movie, so it seems her success may have even exceeded her dreams as a child and WOT were certainly blessed to have her speak.

To learn more about Alex Flinn and the other books she has written, visit her website at www.alexflinn.com.

Women of Tomorrow was founded in 1997 by television journalist and author Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo president Don Browne as a way to help at-risk young women live up to their full potential. For more information on Women of Tomorrow, go online to www.womenoftomorrow.org.


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About the Author

Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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