Sarnia MP’s e book tells tales of her international travels
Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Glade had more time to check if she wanted to add a book off her to-do list due to the pandemic extension.
Gladu self-published Tales of the Global Trot – a book about her travels, including some close calls, over more than three decades.
“It’s a collection of stories from my time as a single blonde engineer,” she said.
After a long engineering career at Dow, Suncor and Worley Parsons, Gladu was elected to parliament in 2015 and recently joined the Conservative leadership.
“I like to try new things,” said the musician, triathlete, taekwondo black belt and spin cycle instructor.
“When the pandemic hit and parliament was suspended and everyone had to go home, I ran out of puzzles pretty quickly,” Gladu said.
“A friend of mine said, ‘You always wanted to write a book, why don’t you?'”
Gladu said she wrote 25 chapters and then found a publisher who provided an encouraging editor.
“It all came together really well,” she said.
Gladu said she wrote about trips with funny or interesting events in places like Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Europe, South America, the United States, and all of Canada.
One of the stories tells of a trip to Indonesia to do a factory audit for Dow. She said the country was conquered by the Netherlands in the 1820s and harsh feelings toward the former colonial rulers were mistakenly projected onto them.
“I only look Dutch,” said Gladu. “I’m actually Irish, but I suspect maybe a Viking was in the woodpile because I’m a bit tall for the Irish.”
In the middle of the audit, Gladu was told she had to leave because hundreds of people had been beheaded in the north of the country and there had been riots.
“I had to get in a car and drive back to the Jakarta airport, and there were people with bricks and sticks whose faces were pushed into the car. … That was quite an adventure. “
She encountered discrimination during her engineering career, but those experiences are not part of the book, Gladu said.
“The first place I worked I built a washroom for women because they didn’t have one.”
She said she never took the discrimination she faced as an engineer to heart. “I tended to show my intelligence and ability and was pretty good at exposure.”
Gladu said she pondered her decision to travel to some places as a single woman early on.
“I was attacked in Hong Kong,” but their taekwondo was practical. “I basically dropped the guy,” said Gladu.
But she began to worry when she got to the airport to leave Hong Kong and saw the police interviewing each passenger and inspecting their luggage.
Gladu said, “I thought, ‘oh no, did I kill the guy?'”
A computer glitch, rather than her previous encounter, proved to be the cause of the extra security and she made it home.
“At the time, I was a little scared of being locked up in a Chinese prison,” said Gladu.
The stories range from the mid-1980s when she graduated to her years of marriage and children, and cover just some of the trips her career has taken her.
“I originally thought that only my family and friends would want to read this book,” said Gladu, “but the editor said,” You have a great voice, it’s funny, and I think it will have broader appeal. “
It is now available on the Friesen Press website at books.friesenpress.com. Gladu announced that it will be available from The Book Keeper in Sarnia from December 1st.
“People think it’s funny,” Gladu said of the reaction from those who read it. “It makes me feel good because I thought it was funny, but you never know how it will go on.”
Gladu said she enjoyed writing the book and learning about the publishing process. While she has ideas for another book, the next volume has to wait.
Parliament is back in session and being a MEP is a busy job.
“I take this work seriously,” said Gladu. “I won’t be writing another book until I get another break in the action.”