For a long time I’ve just had the interview below, which is tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken too seriously. Now Google has decided to show that page first when people search for my name and that interview makes me look a little insane.
So, imagine I’m a serious person, these are the things you should know, read these and then go and read the interview.
I’m not keen on writing about myself, because I tend to be someone who hides away from the limelight (clearly not true). So, I’ve waded through the web, and the layout of the information below is basically adapted from one of the millions of Robert Pattinson fan sites. (Ermm, who would have thought he needed more than one?)
Name: Dante Harker (I’d like to claim that I was born with this name, but sadly I had to steal it off of a pensioner – she’s dead now).
Height: 6 foot – or at least I used to be, in my special shoes, which I’d had for years! My partner crept down in the night and burnt them as a sacrifice to the orthopaedic fairy!
Born: At home, in a dark, almost black, mining village, which like the black mountains in Wales is not actually black. (There is a very cool story about my birth, it involves angels, or perhaps demons – I’ll blog it sometime). So, I was born somewhere in the north of England, near Sheffield, though not near enough that I have a case of the de-dars i.e. ‘Dhey don’t do dat, do day?’.
Favourite food: Hard to say, my taste buds are a little lacking so I tend to just shovel food in – not really big on the tasting part!
Favourite drink: It used to be diet cola, until I realised that I was spending £100 plus a month on it. At the minute I still don’t have one – suggestions? I have been diet coke free since 2009!
Pets: No. My sister got me a hamster, but she posted it to me and after she’d hit it with a hammer to get it in the envelope, it wasn’t much use.
Pet hates: The fact that I can never spell ‘favourite’ or ‘available’ – what’s that about? Or the fact that I am a shocking speller, even with the help of a spell checker!
Writings: This website; my first novel ‘Hell Unleashed’ (not yet published – not enough commas), 'Therapy’ (better now it has enough commas, though I tend not to let people buy it), White Boxes – fun tale of being single at 30 and The Ten Commandments, a collection of my best short stories, tons of other short stories, the odd play, and my new novel Escape the Race.
Work: Hard to say, other than I work really hard on whatever my mind locks on to! So far I’ve been: A landscape gardener, garden centre worker, Rentokil Plant Technician (looking after house plants), Befriending Co-ordinator, Director of a Mental Health Charity, Private Counsellor and Counselling Tutor, Fundraising Manager, Student Placement Manager, Diving Instructor, Dive Shop Manager, Layabout. Community Fundraiser and Income Generation Manager and my longest job title yet, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Manager, Social Media Manager, Writer and Travel Influencer! The shortest still starts with a C.
Dante Harker has been to: United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Switzerland, Chile, People's Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Spain, Ethiopia, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, India, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Morocco, Monaco, Myanmar, Maldives, Mexico, Malaysia, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Palestine, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, Taiwan, United States, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, South Africa.
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