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'Must Love Dogs' author featured at Decatur Book Festival

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Author Claire Cook wrote her first novel in a minivan at 45 and walked the red carpet of Must Love Dogs at age 50.

Cook moved from Massachusetts to Metro-Atlanta a couple of years ago and will be one of the featured authors at this year's Decatur Book Festival.

Cook knew as a child she wanted to be a writer, but once she graduated college she put those plans on hold.

"I just choked," Cook said.

She went on to become a teacher for 16 years and raised a family. One day while waiting for her daughter, who was at swim practice, she began writing her first novel.

Cook was then signed to a book publishing deal. But, it wasn't until she wrote her second novel, Must Love Dogs, that she got worldwide recognition when it was adapted into a movie starring Diane Lang and John Cusack.

In Cook's newest book, Time Flies, readers experience a road trip between two middle-aged women and best friends returning for their high school reunion. But, the lead character Melanie has a phobia that threatens to hold her back from this trip down memory lane. Years before, Melanie followed her husband to Atlanta and Cook uses different streets and landmarks to give you a sense of the area, which is great to read and recognize for those who call Atlanta home.

Cook will present at this year's Decatur Book Festival, which is the largest independent book festival in the country.

The festival runs Friday-Sunday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. For more information on the festival click here.

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