Nette loves a good thriller

THRILLING: Cabarita-based author Nette Hilton with some of her published works.
THRILLING: Cabarita-based author Nette Hilton with some of her published works. John Gass

SHE loves to write a good thriller.

With famous published works like "Whisper Who dares," "Dear Dead Brother," "Someone Came Knocking" and "Somebody's Watching," under her belt, Cabarita-based author Nette Hilton is humble about her fame.

"I never set out to be a published writer," she said.

"As a kid that wasn't my plan."

Ms Hilton releases the third of a three-book serious on The Smallest Bilbo at Easter.

The Easter Tale is the final in a trilogy she never thought she's ever do.

"It's not easy to carry a character through in different works," she said.

Ms Hilton began writing when her daughter, then eight-years-old decided she wanted to leave school.

"I wanted to write something about hating school," she said.

"It was never published because I didn't make the necessary changes.

"But I've kept the manuscript and often share it with kids who don't like school."

The book sparked a career that has lasted 22 years in children and young adult literature.

Two of her books, the Web and Proper Little Lady have been in print since 1990.

Ms Hilton said she has always loved books.

"I grew up in an era where we lived and breathed books and comics," she said.

Ms Hilton is planning to run workshops in Term 2 on how to produce picture books for children and young adults.

"You don't have to be an artist to produce a picture book.

"Photos and collages work well."

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