Brent Robins has a passion for world travel and learning about other cultures. He began his journey as a study abroad student during his third year of university at the University of York in York, England. He traveled widely through Europe during the academic year. After university, he taught English in Japan and South Korea. He traveled extensively through Asia during this period of time. Since then, he learned Spanish for a few months in Peru and has taken many shorter trips all over the world.
Brent has a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Michigan; there is a lot of historical discussion in the novel, and a few philosophical references.
He loves satire, such as The Daily Show, Monty Python, and Terry Pratchett’s novels. Readers will see these influences in the novel! Other interests include reading many different genres, choir, karaoke, movies, and exercise.
He currently lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area. In the United States, he has also lived in Ann Arbor, Austin, and Washington, D.C.
For more on Brent, please visit his website.
The Perfect Culture (2019)
Biggest literary influencers:
J.D. Salinger, Terry Pratchett, Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Last book read:
A Taste for Death by P.D. James
The book that changed your life:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. After reading this book, I realized that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert, and I should stop comparing myself to extroverted people.
Your favorite literary character:
Holden Caulfield: As a fifteen-year-old, I saw so much of myself in him.
Currently working on:
A science fiction novel.
Words to live by:
“I’d much rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.”
Advice to new and aspiring authors:
Set aside at least a specific day each week to write. Don’t worry too much about editing during the first draft.