About the Author

R. S. Markel is the author and illustrator of the Lillybeth and Hinsberth novels for young readers. An insatiably curious character, he is also a coauthor on seven academic publications spanning three disciplines. On the approach of his avid book-loving daughter’s sixth birthday he rediscovered his passion for writing and illustrating. His daughter had so enjoyed the stories he would create and the endless piles of books gathered from frequent trips to the local library that he decided to write a short story with a meaningful message to present to her as a special gift.

After finally sitting down to write, the floodgates were released. He wrote day and night, and in little more than eleven weeks had written a 440 page novel, Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things.

After finishing his first novel he wrote a 529 page sequel titled Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Essence of Things. He is currently working on the third Lillybeth and Hinsberth book.

Mr. Markel hopes readers young and old will enjoy sharing the adventuresome lives of his feathered and furry cast of characters. He also wishes to send a personal message, one that resonates with the themes of his books: Life is precious, do not wait another moment to set off in pursuit of your dreams!

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