Character Interview with Vera Custodio( the main character from Rachelle Ayala’s book KNOWING VERA)

I am having the best time of my life when Miss Rachelle Ayala, the author of the beautiful book KNOWING VERA, give me the opportunity to interview Vera Custodio, the main character of the book. It was an honor interviewing Vera and get to know her better. I hope that you will have the fun reading my interview below. I want to say thank you to Miss Rachelle Ayala and Vera Custodio for this opportunity.

Character Interview with Vera Custodio, main character for Rachelle Ayala’s newest book: Knowing Vera

Vera, welcome to where being a woman is not easy. We’re so glad to have you visit with us. Before the interview, we asked Ms. Ayala to describe you in six words. She chose: vibrant, gutsy, sexy, caring, sentimental, tough. How do you see yourself?

Vera: I’ve had a tough life. That’s for sure. Ms. Ayala heaped all sorts of calamities on me and my family. My mother and I have had to stick together through the deaths of my two brothers, my father’s suicide, and losing custody of my niece who I raised from babyhood. I care a lot about my family. I don’t know if it makes me sentimental or not. But I definitely value my mother, my uncle and my niece’s happiness above my own.

Jessica: It must have been a big shock for you to find out your father was accused of murder. How did that happen?

Vera: Not only that. The victim was Zach’s mother. It happened when I as seven so I didn’t know the details and my mother refused to talk about it. After Zach’s injury, someone started sending me postcards and text messages to look into it.

Jessica: Is that why you broke up with Zach?

Vera: We weren’t in a relationship, so I don’t consider it a breakup.

Jessica: Not sure Zach would agree.

Vera: Actually he wasn’t that interested in a relationship at first. He was very popular with women, but his goals of being an Olympic triathlete kept him from commitment. That suited me fine. He was a fun date, easy on the eyes, and very talented.

Jessica: Ahem, yes, we’ve heard about his way with disintegrating panties. He changed after he lost his leg, didn’t he? How did that affect you?

Vera: I can’t imagine what he went through. He lost everything: his career, his fans, his future. I remember sitting with him after the surgery. He didn’t want to get out of bed and he refused to acknowledge me or any other visitor. He stared at the ceiling, wishing to die.

Jessica: What did you do?

Vera: Not much. I talked to him, told him Filipino fairy tales. There’s always some trick ending that’s somewhat funny. He didn’t even smile. So I sang songs my parents taught me, lullabies and nursery rhymes.

Jessica: You mean Filipino children’s songs? Give us some examples.

Vera: “Bahay Kubo,” “Leron, Leron Sinta.” My favorite one is “I Once Had a Ring” [lyrics below]. I also sang love songs, but not in English. [giggles]

I Once Had a Ring (Folk Song, English)

I once had a ring
That had a single gem
I inherited it
From my father.

I thought I hid it
In a chest
But it disappeared
Without my knowledge.

My despair was so great
It reached the heavens
I clasped my hands to pray
And placed them upon the table.

Whoever finds
The ring I inherited,
My poor heart
Will love him forever.

Jessica: Why? Were you playing hard to get?

Vera: Maybe impossible to get. Ha, ha. I sang in Tagalog so he wouldn’t know what the words meant. Filipino love songs are always a little sad, a lot of unrequited love. You love someone from a distance and they don’t know you exist. That kind of thing.

Jessica: Kind of hard for him to not notice you when you were so devoted at his bedside.

Vera: I was just a friend.

Jessica: Sure, sure. We get you, secretly devoted. As part of your happily ever after, are you planning on taking Zach to the Philippines? Where would you go?

Vera: There are so many beautiful places to go. We’ll start at Manila, of course. There are so many places to show him and relatives to visit, now that my father and mother are back together. After Manila, we’ll head south to Tagaytay for the scenic views, the volcano in the middle of the lake and then onto Batangas where my parents bought a beach house. That’s just for the first trip. The Philippines is like the world in one place, so many plants, animals, scenic locations, people and cultures.

Jessica: So true. When you have children, will you teach them Filipino culture and values?

Vera: What kind of Pinay would I be if I didn’t? Or course Zach might influence them to be more boisterous and loud, but they’ll still be Filipino inside and out.

Jessica: Ha, ha, Aussie-Filipino, what a combination. G’Day, Po! Speaking of Zach. It must have been hard for him to lose a leg at the prime of his life. Is it safe to say you fell in love with him while watching him struggle?

Vera: Maybe I always felt something, but his injury made him more approachable.

Jessica: I know that feeling. What do you like most about him?

Vera: His optimism. He could have given up and turned bitter. But he tries so hard to look past his disability. He doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. He’s always smiling and being positive, helping others, instead of dwelling on his own problems.

Jessica: He certainly proved it when he followed you to Australia.

Vera: He put himself in danger. He’s the type who’d risk his life for a stranger without thinking twice.

Jessica: You’re hardly a stranger. I can tell you’re very much in love with him. Why is it so hard for you to admit?

Vera: I’m not the mushy type. But yes, I’m very lucky. Zach is every kind of wonderful. A lifetime with him won’t be enough.

Jessica: I’m sure he feels the same way. Your story has me swooning with happiness. I’m Filipina too and love doesn’t come easily, but when it does, it’s forever. Thank you for chatting with us.

Vera: Thank you, Jessica. It’s been a real pleasure. I’m sure you also have your own special story to be cherished in your heart.

By the way, Miss Rachelle Ayala is giving away a paper copy of the book KNOWING VERA

and choice of eBook

[Michal’s Window, Broken Build, Hidden Under Her Heart].


This giveaway is open worldwide. I am inviting all my readers to please join this giveaway. You can enter below.

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By the way, Miss Rachelle Ayala is donating her November sales of Knowing Vera to the Philippines Typhoon Relief through Baptist International Missions here. Isn’t that wonderful?
You could also help the Typhoon Haiyan survivors from the list of organizations here.

I wish everyone good luck and please do not forget to buy Miss Rachelle Ayala’s book KNOWING VERA. Trust me you will like the book and at the same time you can help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In behalf of Miss Rachelle Ayala, I want to say thank you all for your support.

Hidden under Her Heart (Chance of Love) book by Rachelle Ayala

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Maryanne Torres is a compassionate nurse who fails at relationships. After a string of losers, she swears off sex to land a marrying man. But a party she attends turns into a drinking binge, and she was raped.

Lucas Knight is a biracial athlete intent on winning the Ironman Triathlon. He finds Maryanne the next morning bloody and unconscious. Since Maryanne cannot identify her attacker, he becomes the prime suspect.

When Maryanne finds herself pregnant, she plans to abort, but the identity of her rapist is hidden in the baby’s DNA.

A trap is set. Lucas races to clear his name, but the secret Maryanne hides threatens to drown their chance for true love.

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I am very honored that Ms. Rachelle Ayala sent me a Kindle review of her beautiful book HIDDEN UNDER HER HEART (CHANCE OF LOVE). The moment I started reading it in my little girl’s Kindle, I do not want to put the Kindle down. The book has amazing story and it took me two days to finish reading it. The first night I read it, I was up until two in the morning. It is that good that I even do not want to sleep but no choice and have to put my Kindle down.

Maryanne is an allergists nurse. Lucas Knight is an athlete that needs to have his shot done that day. Maryanne tried to avoid men in his life. She even has a bet with her best friend Vera about it. Lucas Knight also has a bet about his friend Zach. Lucas Knight told Zach that he bet he can kiss Maryanne on their first meeting. He did kissed Maryanne because he was acting that he had a seizure and need CPR. Lucas Knight tricked her.

Maryanne and Lucas Knight become friends. Maryanne is white and Lucas Knight is a biracial. The attraction between them are undeniable. They just cannot push their relationship in the next level because of their dreams in life. Until one day, Maryanne was invited with a party with her friend Vera. She was rape and got pregnant. They accused Lucas Knight of doing it instead of the pastor’s son. Lucas Knight was in that said party but left Maryanne that night. He found her in a dump site that night.

Maryanne was humiliated even from her family and Lucas family as well. The news is all over her work and the town. She wanted to have an abortion. Lucas Knight tried to help her not to abort the baby and will do anything to help her. She changed her mind about abortion and decided to give her baby for adoption. Maryanne thought that she was raped by Ryan (the pastor’s son) but instead it was her ex-boyfriend Barry. Barry even did the same thing to Lucas. He invited Lucas to a party and put something on his drink. Lucas cell phone is gone and he was also dumped in the thrash. Barry sends text messages to Maryanne pretending to be Lucas. He told her that they will meet somewhere. Maryanne followed and she was trap. Barry tried to kill her and her baby. Lucas Knight can track his cell phone; this is how he found out his cell phone. Maryanne almost killed and she was dump in the water. Lucas Knight tried to save her life and the baby. She had the baby because of what happened. The baby is premature and need a lot of medical help. It is in that condition that Maryanne decided not gives her baby up for adoption. She gave birth to a baby girl who she named EMMA FAITH.

Lucas Knight left Maryanne and decided to quit his triathlon. He decided to go back to his family. He became close to his family. The is why he left Maryanne because his ex-girlfriend had an abortion too. He killed his brother for self-defense. It is the reason Lucas Knight is against abortion. He is also Christian.

Lucas Knight went back to California and need to face Maryanne. Lucas Knight has a good heart. How I wishes that men are like him. He will always by her side no matter what. Emma Faith is doing great besides some medical conditions. She has a dedication. Maryanne has no idea that the same day, she will get married as well.

I really love this book. Maryanne’s courage to keep her baby from abortion, and adoption is very challenging. You seldom know a rape victim like her. Ms. Rachelle Ayala did an amazing job with this book. You can learn more about her books and wonderful stories in Amazon, her blog and Facebook.

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