Character Interview with Warren, hero of Charge.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I don't know. What's the farthest place from Texas? I'll go there.
Tell us about your family.
My mother worked hard to raise my brother and I on her own. She doesn't have any family or anyone to help her, and she struggles with day-to-day life sometimes. I swear, she still doesn't understand how to use a washing machine. Simple things like that confuse her. But she still managed to keep us fed. I don't know how she did it.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I only remember bits and pieces of what it was like in Texas after the bomb. I was only five, but I remember the fear. I remember black skies and travelling with monsters that can rip a person limb from limb, but I don't know how much of what I remember is right.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ha! That's a good question. I remember, that once it seemed like I had a choice in the matter. I remember wanting to be a professional baseball player. Later, I had dreams about opening a microbrewery. Now…I would happy to be almost anything that didn't come with a crown.
Who should play you in a film?
James Bond, Superman, or Buzz Lightyear.
What makes you happy?
Hot chocolate. Beer. Riding my bike. Trees. Making a pretty girl laugh. Sleeping late. Strawberry waffles. People who tip well. Funny movies. The ocean. Coffee. My family.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I scored a 2300 on my SATs.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
"Don't try to act like a hero if you're not one. You'll just make things worse." That stuck with me, not because I agreed with him, but because I realized that I didn't. I'll be a hero if I want to be. I might make things worse, but I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least try.
When King of the Texas Empire kidnaps Warren's brother, Warren embarks into a still Wild West to save him. On his journey, he makes a discovery that changes his life forever—he and his brother are long-lost members of the Texas royal family and the King wants them both dead.
He gets help from an activist Texan named Lena, who's itching to take on the King and happens to be a beautiful firecracker Warren can't stay away from. Convincing her he's not one of the bad guys becomes harder when a mysterious energy stirs in his body, turning his brain into a hive of emotions and memories—not all his own.
A legacy of violence is not all he inherited from the brutal Kings of Texas. The myth that the royal family possesses supernatural powers may not be myth at all.
Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now Warren must save his brother and choose whether or not to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.
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Bio: Sharon Bayliss is a native of Austin, Texas and works her day job in the field of social work. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). You can connect with Sharon at www.facebook.com/authorsharonbayliss and www.sharonbayliss.com.