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.
In writing To Kill a Bunyip I had a plan. Write the book more stupid than Ocker Oscar (that was a challenge).
I now have another plan; write each book more stupid than the last book.
The single goal of A R Dent is to create original stories that entertain.
I am not writing books. I am not an author. I am now a storyteller. I have a present 'work-in-progress' to follow after To Kill a Bunyip and experimenting with other stories to find my true 'author's voice' which is there but I need to fine tune it specifically for storytelling. Short stories and Novellas are my aim to entertain through the written word.
All books/stories are related to me...... Ocker Oscar and To Kill a Bunyip were written from my experiences in my life. All stories will have a theme or plot that is connected somehow to my life. My intent is to write, using satire, in a way that people see history as a continuum that changes but remains constant. Fiction, facts, and lies.
My next book is titled - The Justice of Null. Details of the progress are posted on A R Dent Facebook page.

Update .... on 26th July 2015... I have had a Facebook page of A R Dent invisible without my knowledge. Today corrections were made to make my page *visible*. Facebook, unless you have a Masters degree in Facebook, can be tricky; there are little buttons that have to be clicked on to make your page published. I decided to wear a dunce's hat for a day after this correction was made. The Facebook page has lots of information of my mind as I write. A continuum of the inner-sanctum called the mind of an author; frustrations and joys as the first draft unfolds.

UPDATE....... on 10th May 2015 (Australia time)........ """""""In the writing of Ocker Oscar I aimed for a Pygmalion effect as Oscar improved through pressure put on him. The concept remains throughout the story but I had to remove writing errors I deliberately inserted to create the change. A new version has been uploaded and now available. The new version is easier for grammarians to read. Many people saw the writing improvement but, alas, grammarians had a field day.""""""""

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

Twitter: Ardent45
Facebook: Facebook profile


The Man the Sea Did Not Want
Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sailing
A story of a true event in a young man's life. The story was retold to a stranger and this is the conversation. A journey of discovery of becoming a man shortly after his twenty first birthday. Later he painted his experience in contemporary art and the art was the reason for the discussion.
To Kill a Bunyip
Series: Hollow Log Stories. Price: Free! Words: 42,550. Language: Australian English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Alternative history
A fishing village, a writing competition, two dogs and a cat, a tranny politician, and a Bunyip that is killing fishermen. A teen is writing a story to enter into a competition. Using a story of her dog, the story is half fact and half fiction. Her plans, the villages plans, all change when fiction becomes fact. The story of her dog becomes real and the village is in havoc until a myth is killed.
Ocker Oscar
Series: Hollow Log Stories. Price: Free! Words: 40,040. Language: Australian English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A pup, waiting for a new owner is finally taken to a dysfunctional family. He has to battle all the way but who is the victor? The mother in the family or the dog? Satire at its best of families and their pets. A story for dog or cat owners to be read and reread. "A truly adorable, amazing and humorous storyline, which will enthuse and delight adults and children alike."
Overcoming Trauma: Flowers in Winter
Price: Free! Words: 3,790. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Emotional healing, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
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.
  • The PETER PAN Complex 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.
  • Serious Statisticians: Funny Statistics on June 02, 2015

    As an author on Smashwords I downloaded this book as research. Irony of a sort. I found the book totally to the opposite to what I expected; loved the way the story, yes story, unfolded. It is not a book about statistics so much as being a book written by a humanist; a philosopher whose love and employ is around statistics. Five stars is the only rating I can give as it gave me more material to write satire than I imagined when I first saw the title and the blurb. I for one would love to read a novel based on his experiences; a novella written with the pathos and comedy that is in this book but as fiction. This author has the ability to write superb fiction.