DAVID LEDDICK may be known best for his homoerotic art books, though it could be for his many novels and memoirs—but then again, it could be for his musicals or film appearances. And yet he started his career as a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera and spent years in the advertising biz, in Paris, as creative director for Revlon and L’Oréal. You get the idea.
His Lambda Literary Award-winning photography volumes include Naked Men: Pioneering Male Nudes (1997) and The Male Nude (1998). His 28 books (and counting) include novels that touch on romance, erotica, and fantasy, while his latest memoir is titled We Offered Them Caviar (2016). There are even a few self-help books (with tongue in cheek), notably How to Be Gay (2012) and the just released How to Hit 70 Doing 100. His musicals, written with composer Andrew Sargent—in some of which he performed—include The Secrets of the Chorus, Quentin and I, Presenting Gilda Lilly, and Rent Boy… The Musical.
This interview was conducted by phone in December.