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!



Hinsberth’s mother Marista is quite her own bird. Over the course of our brief interview we found her to be bold and direct, charismatic and capable of exuding a palpable, tangible presence. Moreover, we detected a hint of a softer side to this forceful personality, sneaking out of her manners and voice whenever the topic of her family, and especially Hinsberth, came about.

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We were fortunate to have Monique’s attention for a time, to steal her away from her hectic rushing about, here and there and always on the move. Her husband Poullaire and her daughters Anati and Arela are abundant with words and deeds and Monique keeps the pace, somehow finding time to pass into reflection and introspection now and then. We found Monique to posses a keen depth, her eyes always hinting that there is something profound behind her every word.

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In meeting Poullaire we were aware of his reputation for feistiness and were not disappointed, for he cuts a complex figure, he is simultaneously sentimental and irreverent. He possesses a deep intelligence which darts quickly between ideas; the wily Poullaire kept us on our toes.

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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!

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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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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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