Scarlet Risque is a YouTube starlet in The Scarlet Queen with over a million views and weekly videos on Wednesdays. She is the author of the Hourglass Novel (Romance/Thriller) Series. She holds a degree in business. She combines her business knowledge and her artistry with dominance and submission themes in her creations. She is passionate about traveling, dancing and kink. She loves her cat and crystal collection.
Visit her website at http://thescarletqueen.com
1. What inspired you to create such interesting characters such as Risque and Cheryl?
My Vizer gave me those nicknames after I broke up with my ex boyfriend. He theorized that I would eventually marry a hedge fund manager in New York as I was dating “minions and not men of caliber”. He named my dark business side as Risque, and Cheryl for my more cheerful friendly side. Then, he gave me the name Scarlet Queen for my throne was drenched in scarlet red of the fallen knights that had ended in a bloodied trail. He was admittedly, quite sick of my ex boyfriends calling him for advice after I broke up with them and he calls them “fallen knights” or “minions”.
When M left me, I was devastated. He was probably the only person in my life whom I could not get. He said that I was just a fantasy and I wasn’t real. I wanted him to know that I was real. M was vanilla and not into kink and he did not understand what Risque was about. I wanted to educate him and others about what a switch is as we only represent about 5% of the bdsm community. I created a YouTube channel using my Vizer’s given terminology to create the distinctions between Risque and Cheryl and it surprisingly, became a hit.
I had achieved my closure with M and I no longer make the videos for him, but for my knights and minions and for the wider community to gain awareness into the kink lifestyle and who we are, and what we represent is normal. I hope to see kink as an accepted part of mainstream society in my lifetime.
2. What’s one of your best accomplishments/achievements?
Writing the RED HOURGLASS is my best accomplishments as I felt extremely fulfilled after it’s publication. For once, I did something I wanted to do because I wanted to do it and no one told me to. I did not feel much gratification for my business degree nor running a successful eCommerce business nor winning dance competitions. I would regard publishing a novel the most difficult and yet fulfilling achievement in my life as my story would be immortalized forever on page.
3. What’s one or a few words that best describers you as a person?
My acting coach asked me to write six words that describes me as a person as part of an assignment and this is what I came out with, “A void replaced by my imagination”. From this void, I create works of art of what I think is missing, and what I want to see in this world.
4. What’s one of your best personality traits?
Being a contribution to others.
5 I’ve been your fan for at least 2 years now but in your honest opinion what do you think of having a fan such as myself based on the time you’ve know me on social media so far?
I really like it when you listen to my instructions and do as I say in accordance to my videos. It makes me feel powerful *laughs.
6. Have you ever tried Martial Arts?
I’d done one class of Aikido as part of my undercover research to write the BLUE OCRA, the sequel to the RED HOURGLASS. I realized I am not fit enough to do martial arts. I am currently back to gym.
7. If you could have any superpowers what would it be and why?
Mind control. I love mentally dominating others to submit to my will. I think you may know that already having experienced it under Risque. *smiles
8. Besides your amazing writing talents, and being so good at portraying the roles of Risque and Cheryl’ what other skills//talents do you have?
I regard myself as an entrepreneur/creator at heart and what I do stems from this core. I am good at playing puzzle games like Candy Crush and Blitz, and solving the occasional business problem by reinventing a new solution or changing communication styles. Wait, I haven’t showed what I could do on my bass guitar yet…
9. If you could have any 3 wishes granted’ what would they be?
I know this is going to sound out of the world. I wish aliens would arrive on earth soon and put an end to all human to human wars. I wish for the United Nations to have more influence over politics and for a central unified government to take over so that we have one common unified language and uniform distribution of wealth so that homelessness and poverty would end. With this in place, we can pursue any careers without the concern for money but more so on passion and begin inter star trading (like Star Trek). I wish that eventually technology would allow us to store our consciousness in a database and allow us to be reborn into a different human body after we grow out of our current body. In this way, our consciousness never dies and we can live forever.
The Scarlet Queen YouTube releases a new episode every Wednesday (7pm) New York Time on either Cheryl (light) or Risque (dark) natures of the Scarlet Queen. Grab The Hourglass Novel Series on Amazon. Subscribe to her newsletter for her latest updates.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am from the society where pain and pleasure are at the extremes. In an extreme capitalist utopian society where top down decisions are made daily. On the outside, it looks like a wonderland. In the inside, suicide rates are high. This has influenced my views on writing the Hourglass Series.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Wow. I think there is so much that goes on behind the Red Hourglass. I would prefer the reader discover it for themselves.
When did you first start writing?
As a child, I wrote in secret locked diaries and randomly on my textbook. A teacher spotted my writings and she said I have a talent for creative writing. However, I never won any creative writing competitions over the years despite competing in them. But still, I continued to write on a daily basis and never stopped writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
It validates that they love my work, especially my knights and minions at the Scarlet Queen YouTube channel. I believe that the Hourglass Series will continue to enthrall my fans into entering my world of pain and pleasure.
What are you working on next?
The Ocra, the sequel to the Red Hourglass will be released next Halloween, October 2016.
I will be releasing more short stories and poetry compilations over the next few months as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love gives me the courage to get out of bed.
Music allows me to see the beauty of life
Creating gives me the ultimate gratification for my soul
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
As strange as this sounds – I am a dancer. I know most writers aren’t dancers and vice versa. Dancing is my greatest hobby as I don’t do it competitively. I fall in love with the dance floor each day, and dance my days and blues away. I am better at solo dancing like contemporary and modern dance, I am still taking lessons for partner dancing such as tango, salsa, bachata, swing etc. There is no end to the dance journey. It is the greatest joy in my life to be able to dance, write and act – at the fullest expression of my artistry.
Describe your desk
Crystals, hand written journals, aromatherapy, lots of manuscripts with highlights on them. Two cups of half drunk coffee – one hot and one cold. A cookie jar, a bag of nuts and a yoga ball under my Aeron chair. My set up is an iMac with a connecting side screen. There are about twenty window tabs open. My iPhone is on top of my Razer keyboard and logitech mouse. When I was younger, I was a competitive gamer and lead top guilds in World of Warcraft and Ragnarok. I sold my gaming laptop to become a full time writer/entrepreneur. I never looked back. I have no regrets.
On my book shelf across me – Robert Greene’s Art of Seduction, which I keep by my side at all times no matter where I am. As a woman, I believe my greatest power lies in understanding that book which I had read and revised over more than fifty times.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ultimate freedom to do what I want based on my own terms.
What is your writing process?
I go by my schedule which I set milestones daily. I usually start off by replying emails, and I will read some articles. After that I will do about two hours of research into the topic I am interested in. I would write for about two – four hours a day. If I am not writing, I would be watching movies and film actors and observing their movements and story line. I will occasionally write flash fiction and my analysis on what I watch on http://averral.com for fun. I love my profession as an artist, and I never regard it as work, but as a computer game that I must score to win.
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