Interview with Scarlet Risque on Red Hourglass on Smashwords

Scarlet QueenWhere 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?
Peace.
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 motivatRed Hourglassed 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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