An Interview with Diana Sheridan

Diana Sheridan is the pseudonym of a much-published author who enjoys writing both erotic and nonerotic books. She lives with her Significant Other, with whom she’s shared a home for going on six years now, in a small town just outside a city, which gives her the best of both worlds. A workaholic, she’s at it seven days a week, although not always writing erotica and not always writing books. Her writing is multifaceted, and she edits, as well. She loves her life and says there’s damn little she’d change about it even if she could. She plans to work “forever—or as much of a forever as I have on this earth.”

Q: You write more standalone books than series, although you do have your Leaving the Closet for Love series and your Adonis Dating Service series. Do you prefer writing standalones, and if so, why?

A: I never wanted to be a one-trick pony. In my true name, I write on a huge variety of subjects (nonfiction), and in my Diana persona I write about quite a variety of people and places. It keeps me fresh. It keeps me and my writing from falling into a rut.

Q: What got you into writing ManLove stories?

A: Actually back some time ago—the late ’80s, the ’90s, the early ’00s—I edited a bunch of X-rated magazines that were aimed at gay males. So this is old familiar ground.

Q: How does writing for gay men differ from writing ManLove books aimed at a primarily female audience?

A: I have to remember to tone down the terminology. The guys like it harder and rougher. I don’t necessarily mean rough sex. I mean rougher terminology. Also, women are more interested in reading about love. Guys are more interested in hot details, and not so much about the romance.

Q: Your Adonis Dating Service books are all set in a fictional town called Surfspray. Do you or did you ever live in a town that you modeled Surfspray after?

A: No, but I live near a town that Surfspray owes much to. I won’t specify the town as it would be a clue to my true identity, and I really need to keep my two personae quite distinct and separate. But while Surfspray isn’t totally modeled after the town in question, let’s say I did do some “borrowing.” It was part of the inspiration.

Q: You live with a man. Does he get turned on by your writing “hot” books? Does he get turned off that they’re mostly ManLove books? What’s his attitude?

A: My S.O. is totally unperturbed but also not excited by what I write. Actually he’s never read any of my stuff, but then, I don’t think he’s ever read any of my nonerotic nonfiction in my true name, either. He’s very much a live-and-let-live kind of fellow. By day he does his thing and I do mine, even though we share an office in one room of our home.

Q: What about the rest of your family?

A: I have a grown daughter from a long-ago marriage who is absolutely horrified that I write this stuff. And if my grandkids found out, I think my daughter would never speak to me again. Literally. This is one of the main reasons that I have to keep my two personae so separate.

Q: Do you get turned on writing hot sex scenes? Is that how you can tell when a sex scene really works?

A: LOL. Not at all. When you’ve been writing, editing, working with X-rated writing for as many decades as I have, it totally loses its power to turn you on. Not that it ever had a strong effect on me at any time—any type of scene, m/m, m/f, group, threesomes—but in the early days a particularly hot scene could still get a little bit of a reaction from me, and now it’s just about impossible. And that’s true whether it’s something I’m writing or something someone else has written.

Q: Have you ever personally participated in an m/m/f threesome?

A: A long, long time ago I had a bisexual male friend-with-benefits who had a male lover whom he wanted to include in our fun. I was looking forward to it, but the other guy wouldn’t go along with it, and it never happened. I think I would’ve enjoyed it, though.

Q: What’s your idea of the perfect lover?

A: There is no such person. I’m not perfect. None of my lovers, S.O.s, or what-have-you has been perfect. And I have never sought the perfect lover. If I did, I would still be searching, and life would be one long and major disappointment. I do look for honesty, a sense of humor, a good personality, and consideration. I think most of the significant men in my life have had most if not all of those traits, and the men I write about have them, too. But perfection? It doesn’t exist.