Character Interviews

Despite being rather busy, our loyal and dedicated staff have managed to put together a Character Gallery — a compendium of characters from the Lillybeth and Hinsberth tales with images and descriptions. Fortunately they were also able to corner a number of the cast members and ask them (naturally with the help of translators, for most of us speak nary a word of Duck or Pig) a few questions about their lives, interests and reminiscences about the events chronicled in R. S. Markel's Lillybeth and Hinsberth novels. The character interviews are listed below. We hope you enjoy this addition!

Anati

Anati (and Arela)


We sat down having an opportunity to meet with Lillybeth and Hinsberth’s friend Anati for a quick interview, and were at once joined by Anati’s younger sister Arela. Arela evidently craves her big sister’s company and is rather reluctant to leave her side, and thereby became part of the interview.

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Chaffy

Chaffy


We were looking forward to meeting with Chaffy. He is certainly a unique personality, indeed some might call him a bit of an eccentric. Although he has seen a number of years, he has a contagious dynamism and spirit, and his underlying optimism makes him seem uncannily youthful.

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Lochswyn

Doctor Lochswyn


Over the course of our all too brief interview with Doctor Lochswyn we found her pleasant, well spoken, articulate and eager. A breezy conversationalist and a noble personality, we thoroughly enjoyed our time conversing with her.

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Hinsberth

Hinsberth


For someone of his relatively few years, in our brief interview we found Hinsberth to be thoughtful, rather well mannered and well spoken. He seems rather focused and stable of mood for one so new to this world, but has a curious tendency to become both flustered and unsettled whenever his friend Lillybeth happened to be mentioned.

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Lillybeth

Lillybeth


Lillybeth was our first interviewee. Our meeting was no easy matter to arrange, for this little character is always on the go. We found Lillybeth to be quick, curious, honest and rather challenging; her notions and insight, bordering always on the philosophical, seem well beyond her age.

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Lottiebury

Lottiebury


After Lillybeth and Hinsberth, Lottiebury was our third interviewee. She presents a youthful air even though quite a bit older than the ducklings, and over the course of our discussion we found Lottiebury caring, modest, humble and of an oddly anxious sort, with a speedy voice and her whole being seemingly bubbling underneath with a prodigious energy; her eyes hiding a wit and energy and intelligence always on the verge of bursting forth.

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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

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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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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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