A warm welcome to author Brandon Witt joining us to talk about his brand new novella “Nachos & Hash” releasing tomorrow at Dreamspinner Press.
Brandon talks about “family” and he also brought a gc to win!
Welcome Brandon 🙂
Nearly all of my books have a similar theme or at least touch on a particular theme here and there.
Honestly, until I started seeing this talked about in reviews of my books, it wasn’t something I was aware of, I’m not sure if I’d even known the term, honestly. A lot of the time, it was accompanied by sadness by the reader. Even on my happier stories, they were sad the characters had to have a chosen family instead of their birth family. To me, that wasn’t a sad thing. I guess it was, but, really it’s is just a part of life for many, many LBGTQ people. It’s not necessarily sad part of the stories, it just is. The chosen family itself eases the pain of that rift.
For Nachos & Hash, I wanted to take that a step further, to really play with Chosen Family in an intentional way. And, at its core, that is the basis of the entire novella series of Mary’s Boys. I was already planning this theme before I talked to the owners of the Hamburger Mary’s franchise and was a little nervous how they’d take it. To my surprise and relief, they loved the idea. In fact, they said that is how they see their entire business model and how they manage their chain of restaurants. They know that for many, Hamburger Mary’s is one of the few safe places in their worlds and they want to offer that sense of family to their employees and their patrons.
Despite the edge of sadness that may come with anything to do with chosen family, Nachos & Hash, and the following three stories, is some of the easiest, happiest writing I’ve done. Sure, there are struggles and moments of darkness, I can’t feel like something is rooted in reality without those aspects here and there, but for the most part, these stories center around simple romances and a warm sense of family and love.
Though my relationship with my family is wonderful (despite that the gay thing causes pain to those most religious in my family), my chosen family has greatly enriched my life and know me inside and out. Both my chosen family of gay men, most of which I met in reparative therapy, and my gay romance family. To me, there is something beautiful about actually choosing to walk life’s path with a group of people. It’s a different level of love and acceptance.
Each of my couples will experience that love an acceptance in the four Mary’s Boy stories. We start with Cody, a waiter at Hamburger Mary’s. In his early twenties, he is the youngest of my Mary’s Boys, and maybe the most damaged. I know you will fall in love with him and want to wrap him up in your safe embrace as he learns to accept the security of his new chosen family and open himself to Darwin, the kind of man Cody never dreamed he’d deserve.
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Nachos & Hash Blurb:
Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.
Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?
As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there “for him… will Cody accept what is offered?
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Brandon Witt’s outlook on life is greatly impacted by his first eighteen years of growing up gay in a small town in the Ozarks, as well as fifteen years as a counselor and special education teacher for students with severe emotional disabilities. Add to that his obsession with corgis and mermaids, then factor in an unhealthy love affair with cheeseburgers, and you realize that with all those issues, he’s got plenty to write about….
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