Pearl Liaison is a name you have been hearing a lot in the past couple of months if you’re a RuPaul’s Drag Race fan and it’s not one you are going to stop hearing anytime soon. Having had a great run and finishing as runner-up in season 7 of the Vh1 (then Logo) reality show, Pearl recently revealed she was disillusioned by Ru and the show during her time competing.
Following this, she claimed the producers made it explicitly clear to her that she is no longer welcome on the show and in the middle of all this chaos, the talented drag queen opened about some of her past experiences, which partially dictated who she became. Now, after turning her back on all that, Pearl is opening a new chapter in her life – one as an author.
Titled ‘Scandal at Sea,’ the drag queen-turned-author’s first story is about four wealthy frenemies who are tricked into going on a cruise, and their darkest secrets are revealed one by one after an unexpected death on board. Pearl, who promises her story is not based in real-life events, told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW), “I have been creating characters for a long time, and now I have the opportunity to create a storyline, give them a backstory, and a personality for the things in my head.”
“The characters all have a very larger-than-life personality which is kind of what a drag queen embodies,” said Pearl, adding there will be a drag queen-inspired twist that no one sees coming. The season 7 runner up hopes to turn her characters into a comic book series, or an animated series. “It would be a mockery of something like the 'Real Housewives' or 'The Bachelor' or one of these escapism shows and bring a much more over-the-top, campy spin on one of those kinds of reality trashy shows - even though that may change over time,” she mused.
The world Pearl has created with her words, is an extension of the artist we see on social media. Having quickly earned a huge fan-following on Instagram, promoting digital art, Pearl believes they can find the next dimension of that in her writing.
“It’s really just an extension of what you see, aesthetically. You are going to read just this ridiculousness tale that you would expect, while looking at the images,” she said. “Social media is really like smoke mirror of what the soul of the real person actually is, right? When you display your heart on social media, it’s kind of soul bearing,” said Pearl, adding, “So, you definitely get to see so much more of a real and natural side to me, my normal day operations and just how my mind works versus, what am I wearing or what my nails look like.”
You can read 'Scandal At the Sea' on Radish, a short-form serialized fiction platform, which features over 1000 authors working in romance, fantasy, YA, paranormal, mystery, LGBTQ+, horror, new adult and sci-fi genres.