About the Author

R. S. Markel is the author and illustrator of the Lillybeth and Hinsberth novels for readers young and young at heart. 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 so enjoyed the stories he created to entertain her 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 opened. Writing day and night in little more than eleven weeks had written a 440 page novel, Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Edges of Things.

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

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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The Wisdom of Ducklings

The Wisdom of Ducklings

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in having me present The Wisdom of Ducklings, a story about finding your passions and pursuing your dreams.

Character Prints Available

Swinston and Company Print
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Professionally matted prints of illustrations from the Lillybeth and Hinsberth novels are now available for purchase on Etsy!

New Character Illustration

Mr. Wollmund

Announcing the first illustration of a new character from the forthcoming third Lillybeth and Hinsberth novel, Lillybeth and Hinsberth: The Shores of Forever. Who is this mysterious character?