Waimea senior authors book

A Waimea High School senior is hoping to find a following for her book, “Found.”

Marley Pereira’s book was created as a senior project because of her aspiration of becoming an author.

“Writing the book was not so bad because writing comes as a natural,” Pereira said. “I love seeing my made up characters evolve as something small to something big.”

The book is available on Amazon.com.

As a reward for having her title accepted, Pereira received 20 paperback copies for her own distribution. The JROTC senior cadet decided to contribute the books to Waimea High School, the public libraries on the island and to family members.

Pereira’s inspiration came from a story she created previously titled “Finally.” She did not choose to publish that title because it would not have been fair to use something created ahead of the senior project, said Vanessa Visitacion, the s-5 public affairs officer for the Waimea High School JROTC.

“That left her with the idea to create ‘Found,’ a story based on ‘Finally,’ but from a different character’s perspective,” Visitacion said. “Found is based on a girl trying to find herself in this great big world.”

The saga doesn’t end here, though as in addition to being published, Pereira decided to turn “Found” into an Accelerated Reading book to expose it to more students at Waimea High School.

“Turning her book into an AR book was not a senior project requirement, but she did it anyway,” Visitacion said.

Pereira’s goal, with the publishing of “Found,” is to have her characters positively impact young people through the obstacles the characters face and overcome.

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