IndieView with Brent Robins, author of The Perfect Culture

The Perfect Culture is the story of Thomas Gephardt, an American, who after graduating from college, attempts to expand his horizons and live overseas in three different places: France, Japan, and Israel. Satire is present throughout the novel to keep it entertaining. Northwest Ohio, near Toledo. I’d say that he’s a great match for my book. It attempts to show how varied cultures are in terms of food, customs, etc. I have a marketing plan. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? You don’t have so many upfront costs if you publish this way. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I wanted to write about my travels, and I found it fascinating what extreme opposites Japan and Israel are, in my view. My background is Jewish, so it was very meaningful for me to write about Israel. Isaac Bashevis Singer’s descriptions of scenes are very appealing to me; I like how he mentions a few physical “facts” to set the mood. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I’ve started a science fiction novel. The protagonist meets an Israeli girl in Paris—Sendi, and there’s romantic chemistry. I thought that a third country would add a nice touch. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? The character “Albert” resembles him quite a bit. June 2014. For example, he’ll say that there were newspapers on the floor of the NYC subway to help us understand the mood. He also likes to make philosophical references in some of his novels. Yes, I did. He also dates a Japanese girl—Tomomi. Salinger, The Perfect Culture is full of satirical observations and thoughtful analysis of travel, people, and customs. I think that Sendi and Tomomi add a nice touch to the story, but dating is a quite small theme in the book. I love singing new wave rock at karaoke. There are so many books now in the market, so marketing is essential. Did you hire a professional editor? Or at least he would like to be. Shomer Shabbos! How is each country shaped by its history? Brent Robins – 14 October 2019
The Back Flap
Bill Bryson meets J.D. If I want an agent in the future, then the best way to prove myself is to sell a lot of copies. I especially like Bach, Handel, and Mozart. I’m not a visual artist. I’m not good at writing about relationships, being quite reserved and introverted. It was professionally done. I studied French in school, and they are very unique as well. I like classical music without lyrics. If your income is very low, then I would try really hard to publish traditionally with an agent or large publisher. Thomas is a world traveler. If so can you please describe it? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? My book doesn’t fit into a specific “box”, so I think that agents are reluctant to embrace it. Where did you get the idea from? About the book
What is the book about? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? The Wombats, an amazing English rock band, had a karaoke contest about ten years ago. What would you like readers to know about you? It is also quite enjoyable to write about the cuisine and it’s less familiar to people than Italian food, for example. Yes, I had a few. Humorous inspirations often come to me when I’m not writing. What came easily? First, I just need to get my thoughts on paper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueyD5yLM9rI
What are you working on now? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? An American, after college, expands his horizons by living abroad in three very unique countries in different areas of the world: France, Japan, and Israel. About You
Where did you grow up? In Uzbekistan, on the train, I was sitting next to another traveler who was a former diplomat and he was watching Monty Python on his IPad. Determined to leave the confines of his sheltered upbringing in the United States, he spends three months with a French family in Bordeaux, before a romantic interest in Paris – an Israeli woman named Sendi – complicates matters. He remains in contact with Sendi while he lives abroad in Japan as an English teacher, and then in Israel as a volunteer on a kibbutz. Roughly two and a half years of actual writing. They did a compilation video of the submissions, and without tooting my own horn too much, I was the only one whose actual voice was used at the end! He’s not a sunny optimist, and neither am I. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) It attempts to show how varied cultures are in terms of food, customs, etc. Cleveland, Ohio. I usually write between two and four pages during a writing “session”. I’m still friends with one of my roommates from Japan. After a year of getting nowhere with agents, I decided to go indie. Satire is present throughout the novel to keep it entertaining. Most of the time, I write in coffee shops. For example, it hit me one day that in the Israel section about the Sabbath, I hadn’t mentioned The Big Lebowski! On the lighter side, Thomas has a variety of experiences—he is seen as a “quasi-alien” in a French restaurant, he wonders if he can meet expectations as a “talking monkey” in Japan, and he is informed that, unlike in The Big Lebowski, he definitely cannot roll on Shabbos in Israel. It’s important that you have a decent income if you’re serious about it. I would say analyzing the cultures, discussing the histories, and asking philosophical questions. Terry Pratchett’s satire is very inspiring to me; I try to create a similar mood in certain scenes. How long did it take you to write it? Throughout his explorations, Thomas attempts to probe deeply into his experiences and to ponder big questions: What is the value of foreign travel? When did you start writing the book? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I would say a gradual process. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Do you outline? Where do you live now? I would say people who are interested in other cultures and like satire. What is unique about each of these three cultures? I have a general outline for my novels. Do you have a target reader? I do chapter headings and a few sentences. There is some borrowing. This would probably change somewhat if I wrote full-time. I’m very unique, and it comes through in my writing. I wait until I’ve finished the first draft. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? It was possible to make him similar since we’re friends. I see a lot of myself in Holden. I do love the freedom of indie publishing though. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? I decided after a year of query letters that it was time to move on. I studied history and philosophy in college, so I have a good background in these subjects. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Once I have a general idea about the book, then I start writing. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   The Perfect Culture from Amazon US or Amazon UK. If my travel book does well, then a sequel is a possibility. We all know how important it is for writers to read. That’s why I enjoy traveling so much! I tried to provide a balanced view of the conflict with the Palestinians. I love Catcher in the Rye.