I’m Brandon. I’m a writer based in eastern North Carolina.
My book Head in the Game (Dey Street) was just published.
HitG is about the mental engineering of the world’s greatest athletes, which has become the new frontier in sports — and the huge implications that has for the rest of us.
More on that here.
Built loosely around how I thought I would become a pro baseball player and failed miserably, HitG is essentially a chronicle of the beginning of a revolution in how athletes get better at what they do—how they “find an edge in a world in which finding an edge is often impossible.”
HitG is a wild tour of cutting-edge stuff and some wild stories that will make you re-think the world as you know it.
My story “I’m Not the Lone Wolf” is a 2017 finalist for the prestigious Livingston Award, which honors the best reporting and storytelling by journalists under the age of 35 in print, broadcast and digital journalism. It is the largest all-media, general reporting prize in American journalism.
“I’m Not the Lone Wolf” tells the story of Urban Meyer, the great college football coach who won national championships at Florida while coaching Tim Tebow, was forced out of the game by mental health problems that landed him in the hospital thinking he was dying, and found his way back to lead his alma mater, Ohio State, to yet another national championship.
In the past, I’ve had stories published by Outside, SB Nation Longform, CNN, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, Pacific Standard, and other places. Occasionally, my work may still pop up here and there.
I write some fiction, too, and hope to find time to polish it up enough that someone wants to publish it.
I was raised on fantastical stories and I’ve sketched out a whole bunch of my own. They are short stories, and novels, and screenplays. Soon as we find a cure for sleep, I’ll be able to finish them, and one day unleash my madness upon the world.
I live in eastern North Carolina with my wife, our toddler son, and our two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier and a half-Jack Russell Terrier half-pit bull.
I’m represented by Eric Lupfer at Fletcher & Co.