(In the stilted third person as is the
AR Simmons was born on Chicago's north side, but grew up and lives in the eastern
Missouri Ozarks. He attended a one-room school through the eighth grade, and walked a mile to get there. His family worked
a subsistence farm on Ozark land cleared from the native forest by his grandfather.
He was a carpenter's helper and factory worker until he entered the US
Army at nineteen. A tour of duty took him to the Far East where he saw a world far different from his own. His military
experience acquainted him with his country. The racial, ethnic, and cultural makeup of his squad changed forever his concept
GI Bill financed his entire college career. After declaring and rejecting majors in Business (lacked interest) and Art (fairly
talented, but color blind), he settled on History, in which he obtained BA and MA degrees. Passing up a doctoral program
(he was 27, married, and had no job), he took a public school teaching position "until something better came along."
He discovered, to his amazement, that the calling suited him.
He began writing shortly after he started teaching
(supplemental essays on the history of technology and on foreign policy). His fiction career began with sci-fi short stories.
Now he writes exclusively in the mystery/suspense genre. In 2003, he began serializing novels on-line.
he and his wife (life partner, collaborator, illustrator, and muse) still live on the farm his grandfather settled. His
roots (four generations deep) are in the Ozarks where the Richard Carter series is set. Using the culture, language, and
mores of this "Bible Belt" region, he writes culturally immersive stories of obsession set amidst the small-town
and rural life that he knows.
Some favorite authors: Solomon, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Mark Twain, Francis Parkman,
Joseph Conrad, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert, Dashiell Hammett, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman, Faye Kellerman,
Jonathan Kellerman, Isabel Allende, and Herman Wouk.
Favorite story: "Youth" by Joseph Conrad. Favorite
poem: Kipling's "If." Favorite movie: O Brother Where Art Thou. Favorite literary characters: Huck Finn, Antigone,
and Don Quixote.
Once a hobbyist programmer, he now is an addicted tweeter and an inconsistent webmaster. He loves
chess (favors the French Defense), golf (once a scratch player), reading, writing, and imagining. Other passions include
rescue dogs (Shady and Cookie), baseball (Cardinals), ethnic cuisine (Hispanic, Italian, Szechuan, and fusion), local history
and geography, and stories about real people doing heroic things (rather than super heroic people doing unreal things.)