Sibille Rose is a hard worker. In addition to putting in over 70 hours at her job some weeks, she still finds the time to write and participate in our Facebook authors’ networking group. By the way, her pen name, which is pronounced “Si-bill-a,” comes from the names she went by in her high school language classes: Sibille in German and Rosa in Spanish.
During the recent ChapterBuzz Writing Challenge, Sibille made plenty of headway on her novel, A Crack in the Mirror.
What’s it about, Sibille?
Claus has been a thief since the death of his parents when he was seven. Twenty years later, with Daniel’s “help,” Claus discovers his father’s secret and his own true nature. Claus must develop this new ability and face the kingdom responsible for his parent’s deaths and which is now intent on destroying magic completely. Can Claus save the creatures he has come to view as family and friends?
What’s your favorite part of the story so far?
From Chapter 1:
“Well done. Well done. Well done,” another voice sounded from under the cover of the trees. “I knew you had it in you.”
Daniel materialized out of the shadows, stepping around the unconscious bodies of the guards, clapping for Claus’ spectacle. There was not a speck of dirt or a scratch on the man. The three stared at one another: Claus panting for air, his chest felt ragged from the burst of energy; Verica fighting between joy and rage at seeing Daniel unscathed; and Daniel smirking like a pleased toddler.
“What the devil are you talking about?” Claus shot at Daniel once he could capture enough air. His body still shook with the remnants of rage. “We thought they had caught you. Why’d you leave us alone in that place?”
“Calm yourself, Claus. We don’t need anymore outbursts. Another one may very well kill you at the present moment.” Daniel mused. He looked thoughtful as he nudged one of the guards lying near him with his boot. “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be so powerful. I hope you didn’t kill too many of them.”
Startled, Claus looked around at the bodies. He hadn’t thought of that; he hadn’t thought of much to be honest, only that they were safe now. Nausea sprang in to his throat and he fought not to be sick. He had never killed anyone before. Killing was the profession of evil people, not of thieves. And he was just an honest thief, nothing more nor less.
Why is this your favorite?
I chose this passage because I feel it gives an overview of my three major characters at this point. The passage gives a bit of humor to a tense situation with Daniel’s appearance, and it also hints at enough of what happened previous to this point to have readers asking questions that, I hope, will drive them to read the whole story. I also just had a lot of fun writing this moment.
And we’re having a lot of fun reading. Thanks, Sibille!
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