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A.R. Simmons

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AR Simmons writes The Richard Carter Mystery/Suspense series. Obsession drives each of his monsters, and monsters they are. PTSD and OCD drive Richard himself as he evolves from a damaged soldier, to amateur sleuth, to professional criminalist—albeit in a small and underfunded rural Ozark sheriff’s department.

AR (no punctuation) was born in Chicago, but his roots run four generations deep in Missouri Ozark soil. He uses the area’s culture, language, and small-town mores to tell stories both quaintly old-fashioned and as timely as the worst of today’s headlines. Blue Creek is "Everytown", and Richard is an "Everyman" who learns, that “Man is positively inclined to evil.”

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A.R. Simmons I’ve read lots of horror, dystopian, and true-crime stories. Having a vivid imagination, I wouldn’t visit any of those worlds willingly. Instead, I’ll…moreI’ve read lots of horror, dystopian, and true-crime stories. Having a vivid imagination, I wouldn’t visit any of those worlds willingly. Instead, I’ll travel back to the London of 1898 and seek out a certain mahogany table that reflects the faces of five men sharing claret and listening as Charles Marlow spins tales of the sea, youth and life itself. I’ll sit quietly and listen as that master story-teller (surely he’s Joseph Conrad’s alter ego) transports us aboard a square-rigged mail packet on his first voyage to the East. I anticipate hearing more of his stories.

I’ll sit there silently as befits one whose closest brush with the perils and wonders of the wide sea is through vicarious adventure aboard the Pequod with Ishmael and with Richard Henry Dana as he rounds the horn on the brig Pilgrim.
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A.R. Simmons I try to give the reader a vivid setting, an interesting situation, and someone to identify with. It is also important to have strong female…moreI try to give the reader a vivid setting, an interesting situation, and someone to identify with. It is also important to have strong female characters. I think there is no better hook than to give readers someone precious and then put them at risk. (By the way for POV tags I totally ignore Leonard's "rule" that we shouldn't use anything but "said.")
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The Daughter (The Richard C...

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Cold Tears (The Richard Car...

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Road Shrines (The Richard C...

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“Worrying about the past is tending the ashes instead of the fire.”
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“There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.”
Emily Dickinson, Selected Poems

“All a man can betray is his conscience.”
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“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
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“There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”
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