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 - The People of Null (title may change). Details of the progress are posted on A R Dent Facebook page.

The Justice of Null is the core to Hollow Log Stories. My writing style has changed somewhat but satire remains as the main theme within my writings. Ocker Oscar is connected to To Kill a Bunyip though the Dawson family and the twins. These two books are present day. The Justice of Null focuses on 1857 when Terrence Null was told he was to be a Justice of the Peace. The Justice of Null is the book that Hollow Log Stories draws its characters and stories. The People of Null is in concept stage and being researched and developed. The People of Null is back in real time in the village of Null when a psychiatrist goes to Null for retirement. *Waiting for god* in a retirement village and being told to fit into society. This concept has me laughing as I write the precis and develop a story around this theme.

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


Hollow Log Stories
The Justice of Null is written circa 1857 an an alternative history of Australia before Queensland became a state. Terrence Null, as a fictional character is where it all started in regard Hollow Log Stories. In regard Null, the village of Null, where nothing happens, no such place exists except in your imagination. To Kill a Bunyip and Ocker Oscar are about descendants of Terrence Null. The three books are written as stand alone but are interrelated through Terrence Null.


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.

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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 Peta Pan 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.