Comments on the Passing of Director Lela Swift

I didn’t know at the time what a pioneer Lela Swift was. All I knew was she was a loving force with a wonderful smile who took me by the hand and guided me through my first role on television. I loved her. I never thanked her enough. Women are still fighting, and can find never-ending inspiration from dear Lela.

David Selby

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New Books by David Selby

Two new books by David Selby, a poetry collection and a novel, will be released in March 2015.

Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows

Light and Shadows collects the poems/songs that David has presented at recent Dark Shadows gatherings:

David Selby began his television acting career portraying Quentin Collins in the daytime serial Dark Shadows in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Appearing first as a ghost in modern times and later as a living person under a werewolf curse in the 1800s, Quentin was a complex, evolving character who lived in both the light and the shadows as the supernatural series shifted its storylines across the centuries.

Light and Shadows presents a collection of original poems and song lyrics composed by Selby that have been influenced by not only his Dark Shadows days but also his experiences and emotions in life away from show business. He explores the joys and sorrows of the real world imbued with a sense of gratitude, a touch of whimsy and a resounding hope for the future.

Dozens of rare and previously unpublished photos from Selby’s life and career are included.

Personalized signed copies of Light and Shadows may be purchased through David Selby’s official website, DavidSelby.com.

 

Promises of Love

Promises of Love

Promises of Love, a work of fiction, is scheduled for a March 20 release.

Here is a description of the book from the publisher, Headline Books:

A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to lead him to a life he has imagined for himself–the pinnacle of his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor, loving husband and father. Although well-meaning, he stumbles in his relationship with his two children as he tries to interject his own preferences into their lives. A deeply felt story of love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave. Finally, the novel examines the damage that abandonment, poverty, and childhood neglect can do to a human personality, damage that sometimes cannot be overcome.

Personalized signed copies of Promises of Love will be available through David Selby’s official website, DavidSelby.com, after it is released on March 20, 2015. In the meantime, the Kindle edition is available for immediate download and the paperback edition may be pre-ordered from Amazon.com.

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2014 Holiday Message

At night, when we lay our heads on the pillow (if we are lucky to have one), our eyes closed, may we see the light of Christmas. It is as when we were all children and the world was ours.

That light is in your eyes, knowing and bright. That light will lead us back to those cold, snowy, rosy cheek winter nights as we gather for yet another sleigh ride over the rolling fields of life, singing “The First Noel” and “peace on earth.”

It warms my heart to have you in my life, to hear and feel that child’s light. That child within who is always there.

My love to one and all,
David

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