A R Dent


A.R. Dent was born in 1945 in Sydney and lived at a beach side suburb. After a turbulent/quiet contrasting early life A.R. Dent then spent time travelling before settling down for a business and professional life.
'Been there - done that' about sums up his life.
A Professional Artist and now also including his love of writing and poetry into his life.
Like many authors, A R Dent is learning the various ways to entertain though the medium of Myth as taught by Joseph Campbell. Using family orientated tales including animals: the story of the Ordinary World becoming the battle ground for self-awareness victories to return a healed person back to normality. This is the world where healing of the hero is paramount... Ocker Oscar even had to learn to punctuate his writings and learn to respect himself. A lot of subtle arcs create a book to be re-read and this is found in A R Dent's stories.
The single goal of A R Dent is to create original stories that entertain and heal.
The next novel is Hollow Log. A story where Myth and Storytelling is extended to a new height when a dog orphaned is taken on a quest. A quest which will blend pathos with fantasy. An ending so different.
An update of the progress.......... Ocker Oscar has a new home. We have had many troubles with rental accommodation and other mundane things which stop the creativity flowing.
Ocker Oscar has asked me to tell everyone he is not hiding but simply irate his counterparts, Escere, Fromoth, and his new canine friend, are demanding equal rights as protagonists in a book.
Ocker is in a 'not happy Jan' mode and will have to settle for being a second fiddle to other featured animals telling their story as though they are humans.

Smashwords Interview

A. R. Dent is not your real name. Why did you choose this name?
Well, that is a good question to start with. During my life many people have referred to the passion I do things with. Consequently a nickname evolved slowly. That nickname was 'ardent' and I changed the name into A. R. Ardent. By tradition, Australian people have a nick name for everything and I adored being called such an ardent person, being called Ardent, in a group of people.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, I do not remember the 'first' story I ever read but do recall as an apprentice Printer reading continuously Novellas and books such as Hawaii which I devoured. Reading was never seen by me as anything special. It was like breathing or going swimming at the beach. It was another part of life and later looking back over my life I find I did change, as a person, because of characters I related to. I have lived a full life and experienced many things people only dream about, though some things I wish to remain quiet on. Everybody who lives life to the fullest has events, we in Australia refer to as, "being poked in the eye with a sharp stick", and these things are sometimes dealt with in autobiographies. My first books helped me through life, is how I want to answer that question.
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Where to find A R Dent online

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Ocker Oscar: What Happened Down Under
Price: Free! Words: 40,270. Language: Australian English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A pup, waiting for a new owner, wanted the owner he selected until someone said "He will do." He was then taken home to a dysfunctional family. A dog is learning how to write and how to live. He has to battle all the way but who is the victor? The wicked evil mother or the dog? "A truly adorable, amazing and humorous storyline, which will enthuse and delight children and adults alike. "
Overcoming Trauma: Flowers in Winter
Price: Free! Words: 3,800. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing
In the year 2000 the life of A.R. Dent changed. From rooster to feather duster and life became hell. The path to recovery became the battle ground. The lessons learnt of life and recovery from trauma are told here with a little humour. Poetry instead of a list of instructions. Post Traumatic Stress is treatable without drugs but it needs a different attitude to life if you are to be a survivor.

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Smashwords book reviews by A R Dent

  • The Chemistry of Reading: Arousing your Reader on March 20, 2013

    This book is for the writer of fiction who as a problem with writing in the 'Show and Not Tell' style. The book confirms what I already knew in many areas of writing with added information in the second half of the book. DO NOT be put off with the technical stuff in the early sections.... the technical is critical for a fuller understanding of getting your books sold. I just happen to be in a re-write of a book now and see this book as perfect for me to upgrade the standard of writing. We all need reminders though we may already know it. This is highlighted because: I know the subject well but needed to read a brilliantly written expose to remind me of the need to look at this subject always in writing - if not in writing then in self editing before a critique reader sees it. I gave it 5 stars because I could not give it a higher rating. Well done for another Australian author.
  • Jackie - What's in a Name? on March 24, 2013

    The author has revealed her heart in a dramatic story of love. Though I am an author - I was once a Natural Therapist. Many years after leaving the Healing world I heard of the word Aspergers and instantly thought: Not another 'Label' invented by someone seeking medical fame. Today I recognise that the people who sought help many years ago were people who might be identified with Aspergers. The way the story is told is as though a professional had ghost written the story. A professionally written story. It is for this reason I give this book 5 stars. I just read the book quickly in my old Natural Therapist mode and was moved to tears in parts. I will re-read it several times as a person interested and moved by a brilliant expose of love. Yes LOVE is just a word but more than just a word in this book.