I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 has been a rough year so far, and we’re only halfway through. This afternoon, July 2, I got some news that made it just a little worse for me and for many other people who cared about my longtime friend, Diana Sheridan. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 76 after being hospitalized for a few weeks for a condition unrelated to COVID-19.
Diana and I got to know each other back in the early 1990s, when we worked together on a couple of newsstand magazines—I was a staff writer, Diana my editor. Over the years she was also my agent, my writing mentor, and my buddy. Around 2009, she and I started writing manuscripts for a new type of publishing we had recently heard about—ebooks. Over the next ten years, we brainstormed, beta-read, and proofread dozens of one another’s manuscripts and submitted to several of the new e-presses just springing up. One of those was Dark Hollows, now known as Painted Hearts Publishing.
It was at Dark Hollows that Diana scored her biggest literary hit—MATED TO A MONSTER, part of the “Strange Love” series. Of the 80 or so ebooks she wrote, MONSTER was her best seller and also the one she enjoyed writing most. “Writing should always be fun,” she told me once, and for her it was. Diana wrote all the time—poetry, plays (some of which she saw performed in local theater groups), and both fiction and nonfiction books. She contributed to several blogs, ezines, and podcasts and was always on the go. Despite some personal losses and setbacks, she considered herself a great optimist as well as a person of faith. She was also one of the most generous and caring people I have ever known. She freely offered her time, her advice, and her support to anyone who needed it. Hopefully her beliefs and positive attitude brought her comfort in the final chapter of her life. It’s never easy to say goodbye, but there is a lot to be said for living life to the fullest and making the most of every day. Diana did that, and I’d like to think she set a good example that will lead more of us to do the same.
A HEARTFELT GOODBYE TO DIANA SHERIDAN
By Jade Astor
MY TRIBUTE TO DIANA SHERIDAN
By Mallory West
2020 has been a tough year so far, and yesterday added another heavy weight. I lost a wonderful friend. I met Diana in the early 1980s. I was living in Texas at the time, and she was an associate editor in NYC. For the last twenty-plus years, we emailed daily a ‘good morning’ synopsis of what we'd accomplished the day before. I miss those emails that always came in around 2am EST, letting me know what she was working on, what client was coming in that day, or if she was off to the grocery store. Diana was quite the ‘early riser’ to get a jump on her busy days. I remember the day she called me at work to let me know about the 'monster' books. Would I be interested? Of course! I was always amazed at her many talents; plays, songs, podcasts, and wonderful books. She was always cheerful, caring, and positive. She'd call to check on me if I had an issue going on, and gave excellent advice. Diana was a person of strong faith and a minister as well. Today, what gives me peace is knowing that she's healthy and happy in God’s mansion with her daughter, parents, and family that preceded her.