Dianna fears she is losing her talent and failing to live up to her family’s legacy. When she does land a part, she finds an unexpected enemy in brilliant actor and womanizer, Bill Royce, who not only attacks her confidence but holds a deep grudge against her family. Dianna comes to believe Bill’s resentment is related to her suspicion that her parents harbor a secret linked to the blacklist. But even as their friendship grows despite their misgivings about each other, Bill will not confess what he knows.
As Dianna struggles with her career in a rapidly changing industry, she urges Bill to share his dark past with her, only to discover secrets that could destroy her family’s prestige and power.
Banished From Memory highlights the conflicted relationship between two legacies of the blacklist, the sunset of classic Hollywood, the challenges and gifts of acting, and a determination on the part of one generation to exhume the truth of another’s. But at what cost?
Having been fascinated by George Balanchine’s work, she created a unique recital focusing on “Songs From the Balanchine Repertory,” which she sang several times in New York. This recital ultimately grew into her novel, “Quest of the Sleeping Princess,” a novel about a woman caring for her dying mother and whose only, and obsessive, relief is Balanchine’s work.
As for “Who Have the Power,” she had developed a strong attachment to the television series “Bonanza” as a young child. Later, her interest in the Comstock Lode history grew into a feminist and economic critique. Well received by historians and Native American readers, “Who Have the Power ” speculates on what happens to the histories we have lost – specifically, the histories of women and Native Americans. (“Bonanza” was a popular series about a family that, by its producer’s design, completely excluded women and dealt patronizingly with minorities and Native Americans.)
Both “Who Have the Power” and “Quest of the Sleeping Princess” tell stories about the power of imagination and how they shape our most personal and our most public worlds.
Ms. Sheeran has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College where she studied history, theater, and music, and a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary.