We are so thrilled to be able to welcome Brandon Witt to Sinfully today. He has popped in to chat about his latest novel The Imperfection of Swans. He is also gifting to one lucky reader an eBook from his backlist, so be sure to enter the giveaway.
A Word from Brandon Witt
I’ve been skydiving twice, and I can tell you, there is nothing like leaping from a plane, especially that first time. You’re standing at an open doorway, your toes nearly touching the sky, thousands of feet in the air. You’re a sane person. You should turn back around, rush to the end of the plane and buckle yourself up with as many seatbelts as you can find.
Instead, you leap.
That moment, the instant your feet are still on the reassuring floor of the plane and the curve of the earth is nearly visible below you is the scariest moment.
That surprised me. I thought it would be the falling.
It wasn’t. As soon as my body left the plane, so did my fear. Then it was nothing more than adrenaline and, strangely, a soothing safe feeling of peace. The scary part was over. I leapt. The decision had been made. Outta my hands.
Of course, I knew there was a parachute strapped to my back and I had faith it would open. I’m certain had there been a malfunction, that would have been the scariest part, for a few more moments, at least.
We all leap. All of us. We leap into a new job. A new house. A new city.
A new love.
A long dreamt after career that is akin to rock star dreams.
We all leap. At least in one way or another, if not more.
the biggest leaps in life are much scarier than skydiving. Trust me. There’s no parachute.
Not in love. Sure, you can break up, get divorced, run away, but those potential scars will remain.
Not in a leaving a solid career for your dream that has no guarantees.
That is one of the main themes of The Imperfection of Swans. Leaping. Risking it all for the chance to make your dreams come true. Baring your sole for love in the gamble of being accepted.
While the story is fiction, about a man leaving a high profile job to follow his dream of opening a wedding gown store, all the while battling anxiety and eating disorders, the main character, Kevin, was based on my best friend. And, in order for me to write this novel, I asked him to do a little leaping as well by allowing me to use his personal struggles and hurts to bring this book to life.
Like a true friend. A brave, no parachute attached friend, he said yes.
I do hope you’ll take a chance and give The Imperfection of Swans a try.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for spending a few minutes with me! I look forward to hearing from you.
I’m going to leave you with this. Kevin, the real Kevin, included a note in the back of the book. He wrote it after reading The Imperfection of Swans (before all my typos had been edited—he really is a brave man). I think the beauty of his soul shines through and shows clearly why I needed to have his essence for a novel.
The cover model, inspiration for the novel, and Brandon’s BFF, Kevin—
“Wow, it’s a very interesting experience being profiled as a key character within a book!
I think some people could wonder why I’d open myself up to potential criticism around personal flaws and struggles. The answer is easy—none of us are perfect, and why not embrace the opportunity to learn from each other? Now, by no means have I completely defeated my “demons,” whether they be eating disorders or severe anxiety, but I know I’ve learned a lot along the way and continue to learn more from my stumbles.
In my pursuit for perfection, I wound up wreaking havoc on my body and mental well-being. And I have to tell you, it’s not been worth it. But the lessons have been valuable, and today I try to allow myself more grace, take time for more appreciation of the life I have, and embrace all of the love and support in my world. I’ll continue to stumble, but I’ll always pick myself back up and keep on truckin’.
I aspire to be even more like Kevin Bivanti in his ability to leave the status and money behind that comes with tireless hours of corporate diligence when my heart is not there. More and more I hear the phrase, “Live the life you love,” and it’s resonating loudly. I’m excited to even consider making that leap where career aspirations are concerned. Life is too short, my friends! I read a quote recently that I particularly love: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Here’s to taking the plunge.
Many thanks to Brandon for finding my life interesting enough to mirror in a novel and for the extra push that I feel in reading this great compilation of words and emotions.
Onward. Upward. Heartward.”
The Imperfection of Swans
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 18th January 2016
Genre ~ M/M Contemporary Romance
Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.
Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.
With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.
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Connect with Brandon Witt
Brandon Witt resides in Denver, Colorado. When not snuggled on the couch with his two Corgis, Dunkyn and Dolan, he is more than likely in front of his computer, nose inches from the screen, fingers pounding they keys. When he manages to tear himself away from his writing addiction, he passionately take on the role of a special education teacher during the daylight hours.
Brandon will be gifting to one lucky reader a choice of eBook from his backlist. (Not including The Imperfection of Swans) All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter below.