Dora (Dalbom) Hilburn, formerly of Stella and an East Newton High School graduate, recently published her first novel.

Dora (Dalbom) Hilburn, formerly of Stella and an East Newton High School graduate, recently published her first novel.

The young adult (YA) novel, “Between,” is the coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old girl, Anna, who inherits an old house left to her by a great uncle.

When she and her archaeologist dad begin to restore the home with the intent to sell it to pay for Anna’s college tuition, she makes a startling discovery: The house is haunted by a young man who died in World War I at the age of 19. Anna is drawn to him, and it seems that the ghost is drawn to Anna.

“I love spooky stories served up with a dash of romance,” Hilburn said. ‘Between’ is the kind of story my high school-aged daughters and their friends (and their mothers) like to read.”

Hilburn said always has loved reading. “Sometimes when I was a kid growing up in our farmhouse on D Highway, I’d stay up all night because a book was just too good to put down. I’d have to put a towel under the door so my parents wouldn’t see the light was still on.”

Hilburn’s father, Chuck Dalbom, was principal at Granby K-8 and at Triway in Stella. Her parents, which includes mother Doris, still live outside of Stella not too far from the home where they raised their three children, which includes Bill and Clint.

The author lives in Texas and visits Missouri regularly to see family and friends. She attended Missouri Southern State College in Joplin before transferring to Louisiana State University, where she earned her degree in journalism.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/author.dora.hilburn. “Between” is published by Rainbow Books in Highland City, Fla.