Interview with A R Dent

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.
Having published your first novel with Smashwords, what have you in the planning with the Hollow Log series?
The Hollow Log series I am now settled on is difficult to explain as a 'Series'. It is not a true series. Each book will be stand alone but will be a carry on from the previous book.
The series Hollow Log is to be based around Ocker Oscar and his friends... mainly with his brother Charlie. Hollow Log is a concept from my past. Hollow Log was the name I gave to a small home I lived and painted and wrote in. Hollow Log in the series will house Hollow Log Private Detective Agency. The detectives are Ocker Oscar and Charlie investigating the odd paranormal and super-natural events. They will also investigate the occasional 'Normal' event as the agency is called upon to find the answers when humans have failed.... click a Like on A R Dent and later read great storytelling... about humour, pathos, and the odd idiot detective blundering through each book of the series.
I will write Hollow Log series for a long time and hope it entertains. I receive from books certain things like being entertained first and then if there is a moral to the storyline then I will benefit. Hollow Log as a concept is based on my vast experiences in life and the delay in writing this series is because I am still living a full life and it interferes with writing.
Published 2014-01-30.
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Books by This Author

The Justice of Null
Series: Hollow Log Stories. Price: Free! Words: 41,180. Language: Australian English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
An alternate history of Australia during the horrendous years of the 1800s, when a nation was being carved out of a penal colony. The world was going through enormous change and in some small way, Terrence Null, ex naval lieutenant, experienced every problem dealing with ex-convicts given their freedom. The justice of Null, Terrence Null after he was told, he was to be a Justice of the Peace.
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 » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
'Null, a remote fishing village where boredom reins until two dogs decide to solve the problem of the Bunyip. Add a transvestite politician, a high school drop-out, mysterious deaths, and the ancestors of the village's founder - Terrence Null - facing a stark reality check, and you have a parody of life, 'To Kill a Bunyip'. An engaging tale culminating in a thrilling climax.
It's All About Trust
Series: Hollow Log Stories. Price: Free! Words: 40,050. Language: Australian English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Book two of the Hollow Log stories. The Dawson family gets a dog and a cat but things happen to this dysfunctional family after the dog gets a bit smart for his own good. Oscar, the dog, is telling this tale of his mission to save the world, or so he thinks. Just whom does Oscar trust when on his mission to save the world from the chaos humans created.
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
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.