Character Gallery

Welcome to the Character Gallery. Here is a chance to view portraits and read a bit about some of the colorful characters from the world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth (Note that some of these mysterious characters do not have descriptions to avoid the chance of any plot spoilers). Enjoy!



Check back soon for more information about Laramydia!



Millybeth and Hackleberg's precocious daughter Lillybeth is intensely pensive, inquisitive, curious, and given to flights of fancy, real and imagined. With her young, unencumbered and imaginative mind she possesses a certain freedom in thought and action, and from all the time spent tinkering with her father in his workshop, she is also inventive, but not only in things mechanical, for despite a disregard for and general unawareness of social conventions, she is very perceptive and skilled with language. For more on Lillybeth, please read her interview with our staff.



Loyal, committed, energetic, anxious. Lottiebury is a speedy speaker with a nervous voice and a relentless worker, always busy delivering messages for the Mayor's Office as the Mayor's personal messenger. In her messenger role she travels far and often. She posseses a great, broad intelligence and a deep desire to be of help in whatever capacity, although with a tendency to be private regarding her personal inner world, she rarely expresses this fact to others. For more on Lottiebury please read the transcript of her interview with our staff.



Check back soon for more information about Maitland!



Massive in size, bold and forthright, Marista is not one to be trifled with, for Hinsberth's mother is quite protective of friends and family and even Mayor Swellington feels small under the intensi ty of her deep and powerful gaze. Marista is also courageous (she seems to have no notion of fear), impatient and quick to act. And even though as she tries to hide it, under her brightly colored flor al print lies a tender heart even bigger than her sizable presence. For more on Marista, please read the transcript of her interview with our staff.


Mayor Swellington

Mayor Swellington is a sizable figure on The Farm, literally and figuratively. A member of one of the first families to settle permanently into The Farm's pleasant, verdant expanse, and as a capable organizer and administrator (due in no small part to his wife Quillypom) Mr. Swellington became Mayor by self-appointment (without any objection, the residents all apparently happy someone had volunteered for the role) and was later officially elected into the role, holding it ever since (it is said the other residents prefer to do without all the bother). All has not been rosy, for over time the pressures of his work and ambition have frayed his friendships and his family, distancing him from his wife Quillypom and his children. But perhaps there is more to the Mayor, and to discover what else may lie beneath the formalities of his public presence, we plan on interviewing him as soon as time allows.

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".

R. S. Markel
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.

R. S. Markel Signature

Keep in Touch

R. S. Markel - Milchester