R. S. Markel


R. S. Markel is the author and illustrator of the heartwarming Lillybeth and Hinsberth novels. An insatiably curious polymath, he is also a coauthor of academic publications in three disciplines. But on the approach of his avid book-loving daughter's sixth birthday he rediscovered his passion for writing and illustrating. So enamored was his daughter with the stories he would create and the endless piles of books gathered from their frequent jaunts 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. With a sudden burst of inspiration and after writing non-stop both day and night, in little more than eleven weeks he had written 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. He 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 - 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, confidant and resident of The Farm, to share a few thoughts on a wide smattering of topics gleaned from the pig's venerable tradition of the morning conversation. We do hope you enjoy this new addition.
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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 present The Wisdom of Ducklings at your next event or engagement.
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R. S. Markel
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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 essays and illustrations. I do hope you enjoy this small glimpse into the whimsical world of Lillybeth and Hinsberth.

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