I was sure it was mine, it was nearly perfect. Twenty-nine-year-old, Maria Mercedes Castrillon has the world on the palm of her hand. A successful business, a man she loves she thought she had everything a woman could ever had. Just like the speed of the light, without any notice she lost it all by a snake that poisons its prey. A mere jealousy, a heart full of envy will cause her betrayal. Thus begins, a story of a woman who will take vengeance and makes sure to have them experience the taste of her revenge.
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I saw him with the one who betrayed me. She held his arms tightly with that same look of a snake revealing her true colors before me. He didn’t push her away, and right at that moment, I regretted my decision. She was nothing but a traitor, and now she had most of the things that I didn’t. She had him, the one I loved.
I would always be the first to admit that she came into my life, touched it with her gentle hands, and I knew I had finally found my destiny. I swore never to let her go, that she and I would be together, no matter what it takes.
I had sworn to support her in every endeavor she would take, I wished for her happiness, but at that moment, I took those words back. I wondered, was I really that evil? How could I wish for my best friend misery?
I admit, I was a player – If a woman cried over me, I was never moved by their tears. It wasn’t real anyway. They loved my money, not me. They wept because they wouldn’t have the chance to be my mistress.
About the Author:
Mercy Jane Porquez Ballesteros was born in Bacolod City, Philippines on February 10,1997. She graduated from Sagay National High School Open High School Program in her hometown Sagay City. Presently, she is pursuing Business Administration Marketing Management at La Consolacion College Bacolod.
In 2013, Mercy at sixteen started writing her book “Poems of Love & Short Stories” which was a compilation of eleven poems and four short stories that was published last 2016. The first few lines of “A Taste of Revenge” her newly published novel, was written in her sophomore year back in High School. She currently released “Love in Between” another collection of poems and short stories.
In February 2015, she became a stock market trader and foreign exchange trader the following year. Mercy have a business plan prepared for “SLIQUE” her future company.
Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey?
I have been writing from the moment I learned to hold a pen. From then on, it became the love of my life. I wrote a collection of poems and short stories when I was 16 and published it at 19 while A Taste of Revenge was written during my sophomore year back in high school but due to my illness, I published it six years later.
How many books do you currently have published?
I have published three books on AMZN.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
A Taste of Revenge is my favourite book as it narrates an enthralling story of a business woman and how she avenged what she has lost. I had been betrayed by people who I thought were my well-wishers. Despite that I learned to forgive for forgiveness is a gift I give myself.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?
Yes. I am currently working on my autobiography. It is my journey as a bullied and depressed child and how I overcame my illnesses which occurred during my teenage years. It as well tells a story of hope and faith in God.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Through writing I can convey emotions that at times I tend to conceal. I also write things I am powerless to execute.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
Yes. It is unavoidable. I retain my optimism and divert my thoughts from thinking any negativity. Whenever I feel like breaking down, I then bear in mind the reason why I started.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you?
Yes. Some of the characters I write at times surprises me with its distinctiveness.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why?
The protagonist in A Taste of Revenge, it reveals a lot about me. I have no least favourite because every character has its own uniqueness.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write?
The last part of A Taste of Revenge. Sofia, the main character has finally succeeded in avenging all that she had lost. At last, everything was returned to her, the rightful owner.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?
I have learned that Through the books I’ve written, I can inspire the readers by stories that would captivate their hearts. With every word perceived, the reader and I, somehow, we have and through those pages, met.
Every successful person will advise every dreamer to never give up, never give in and never let go. I may not be successful yet, but If I were to rede someone I would utter the same words as I believe that success begins with a fellow’s will. Perseverance and determination will make a dreamer succeed.
If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?
It depends because every reader differs from one another, but if I were to recommend a book, it would A Taste of Revenge. It has unexpected twists that will thrill the readers to keep on wanting more.
Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release, a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?
It is an autobiography so I’m afraid there is none.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read?
Alexandre Dumas – Count of Monte Cristo
Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
The Lover – Marguerite Duras
What about television shows? Movies?
Count of Monte Cristo, Jane Eyre
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?
Count of Monte Cristo. It touched me to the core and up to this moment never fails to capture my heart.
Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?
Unfortunately, not yet.
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say?
I am the one holding the pen of my own fate.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers?
I think I have shared enough details to the readers.