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!

Mellivor

Mellivor


Check back soon for more information about Mellivor!

Milchester

Milchester


Milchester is not a complex personality with deeply hidden recesses and coves lying in wait, ready to be explored. He is an honest, kind and generous soul with a simple manner of speaking and a simp le way of being in the world. But he does have a vivid imagination, and is prone to frequent spells of dreaming about fantastic places and creatures whether awake or in slumber. Some of his traits have perhaps been born out of necessity, but it would seem more likely these characteristics are and have always been present in his very nature. For more on Milchester, watch the announcements for an upco ming personal interview between Milchester and our staff.

Millybeth

Millybeth


Lillybeth's mother Millybeth is an encouraging mother and patient, tolerant wife, for Hackleberg's experiments and inventions and Lillybeth's adventures and explorations frequently go awry; at times drastically so. But Millybeth never ceases to come to their aid and keep them going, in addition to pacifying those at the Mayor's Office who are often called into rescuing her husband and daughter. M echanically wise, Millybeth often assists Hackleberg in his workshop, and despite the difficulties, she is always ready for the next adventure. For more on Millybeth, check the announcements as we plan to have a personal interview with her in the near future.

Monique

Monique


Monique is the elegant, sophisticated mother of Anati and Arela, and by appearance, the opposite of her more bedraggled husband Poullaire. But beneath appearances, both Monique and Poullaire are courageous, even feisty characters. Despite the wish to live up to her late mother's (a well regarded painter) legend, Monique cannot help but turn to her own heroic nature. For more on Monique, please read her insightful interview with our staff.

Mustel

Mustel


Check back soon for more information about the young badger Mustel!

Pommelstom

Pommelstom


Pommelstom is the youngest of the three brothers (Bardslow and Bentlby are both older), and often can be found working with his sister Filipa in the far-flung fields beyond Chrysalis, helping to protect the Migrators. Like his siblings Pommelstom has a loyal and optimistic nature and is always ready to lend a wing. He also maintains a private side, endeavoring to keep secret a distant romance with a certain member of the Mayor's Office staff who visits Chrysalis on occasion. For more on Pommelstom, check the announcements for his upcoming interview.

The Books

Abselard

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

Welcome!

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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