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Dana Point resident Kim Hooper will discuss her new book at the Dana Point Public Library on July 9. Photo: Courtesy of Kim Hooper
Dana Point resident Kim Hooper will discuss her new book at the Dana Point Public Library on July 9. Photo: Courtesy of Kim Hooper

By Kristina Pritchett

From a young age, Dana Point resident Kim Hooper has been writing. Whether it was short stories for school or in her spare time, Hooper has enjoyed putting the pen down on paper.

On July 9, the local author will discuss her new book, People Who Knew Me at the Dana Point Public Library.

“I’m excited,” Hooper said. “It’ll be good to have members of the community there.”

The fiction novel is about a woman who fakes her death on September 11, 2001 and goes west to start a new life.

“She goes under a new identity, she has a daughter,” Hooper said.

Hooper said the book flash forwards 14 years later and the main character is forced to visit her past life.

“There’s certain things that make her visit her past,” Hooper said.

Hooper said the book is all fiction but she chose California for the setting of the book for multiple reasons.

“[The main character] is thinking New York is too hard to be anonymous; in California you can easily hide,” Hooper said. “It’s the farthest she can get from New York without leaving the country.”

Hooper said she has written multiple books before, but none have been published.

“I never thought of writing as something to do, it always just came naturally for me,” Hooper said. “In elementary school we would have assignments like ‘recreate a fairytale’ and I really enjoyed those.”

Hooper said her parents weren’t writing types, but her mom was always reading.

People Who Knew Me is Hooper’s first published book, and has been on the stands since May.

“There’s been a lot of local support,” Hooper said.

Hooper has done two other readings for her book in Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach.

Hooper said she’s always writing but she’s not sure what the next project will be.

“I’m always writing something,” Hooper said. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me they’ve enjoyed and are ready for the next one. So we’ll see.”

The reading takes place on Saturday, July 9 from 1-2 p.m. at the Dana Point Public Library.

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