About the Author

R. S. Markel is the author and illustrator of the heartwarming Lillybeth and Hinsberth novels. An insatiably curious polymath, Mr. Markel is a coauthor of academic publications in three separate disciplines. He rediscovered his passion for writing and illustrating with the approach of his avid book-loving daughter's sixth birthday. So enamored was she with the stories he would invent and the endless piles of books gathered from frequent walks to the local library that he decided to write a short story with a meaningful message to present to her as a special birthday gift.

After finally sitting down to write, the proverbial floodgates were released. In little more than eleven weeks he had drafted a 440 page novel, Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things. The flood continued and after almost two years of editing and illustrating The Edges of Things he wrote a 550 page sequel titled Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Essence of Things. Mr. Markel is currently writing the third Lillybeth and Hinsberth adventure.

Mr. Markel sincerely hopes readers of all ages will be delighted and perhaps even inspired by reading the adventures of his colorful cast of characters. He also wishes to send a simple reminder: Life is precious, so do not wait another moment to set off in pursuit of your dreams!

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The Books


The Morning Conversation

R. S. Markel has invited Mr. Abselard, a dear porcine friend and confidant and resident of The Farm, to share his opinions on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable morning conversations. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.

Hinsberth Running

A Lillybeth and Hinsberth Newsletter!

Sign up to receive R. S. Markel's newsletter "The Anati Daily" and receive updates on news and events and the forthcoming third installment to the heartwarming Lillybeth and Hinsberth trilogy.

Hinsberth Presents

Speaking Engagements

Follow your dreams! Author, illustrator, scientist, engineer and generally curious character R. S. Markel is available to give an inspiring presentation based on his short semi-autobiographical story titled "The Dream Star".

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Photo by Tracy Burke Photography


Hello and welcome. I am a writer and illustrator of books for young (and young at heart) readers who have a passion for exploring fantastic places, impossible events and the magic and mysteries of our world. Please feel free to read a bit about my work and peruse the character and illustration galleries. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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Keep in Touch

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