Back for another Musaling Monday, this week our intrepid guest is the fabulous Gloria Burland who writes the Clifton Chronicles.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?My great grandparents were early settlers and did the covered wagon, Oregon Trail bit. I find this incredible, and so brave of them, I couldn’t imagine being that brave, but a bit of their pioneering spirit must have reached me as I’ve lived all over the world and am always looking for the next place to live.
2. If you won a million dollars, would you go to work tomorrow?My work is writing and I would definitely not stop writing.
3. What’s the first thing you would buy?A car that doesn’t require a PHD in technology – a car that’s not run by computer. I find that concept scary. What if the computer crashes and we all know they do that. I’d buy an old Ford or Volkswagen, perhaps. But any car would do just as long it started with a crank handle, and didn’t have a robotic voice telling me to put on my seat belt or shut the door!
4. What philanthropic organization would you share your booty with?Women of the World, and especially women in Rwanda. Their plight is a subject which is really close to my heart and I am writing a novel Cut The Tall Trees, about the genocide in 1994
5.Would you still write?You may as well ask ‘would I still breath?’ Yes, I would definitely still write
6. Would you loan me 50 bucks?No, I wouldn’t loan you 50 bucks, but I would definitely GIVE you 50 bucks or more if you needed it.
7. What if I gave you five bucks? Not so exciting, I know. Suppose I did, but you had to spend it on something totally frivolous. What would you spend it on?Ah! I’d buy some purple eye shadow, with loads of glitter in it.
8. If you could buy an island or a mountain to live on, which one would it be?I can’t bear heights so it will have to be an island. Dozens of years ago, I saw a TV programme, Homes for the Rich and Famous featuring Bora Bora and thought how wonderful it looked. Years later I met the actor, Peter Strauss, who’d just been there and he said it was the most wonderful and magical place on earth, so I guess I would buy Bora Bora. But only if the purchase package included Peter Strauss!
9. Pimp it if you got it. What is new and next for you?Well. The fourth novel in my Clifton Chronicles series A VALENTINE SCANDAL is scheduled for release in January, and I am working on Clifton Chronicles 5 as we speak.
10. Not even being filthy rich exempts you from the required rejection haiku. Care to share?They said, ‘one day your prince will come
on a white horse.
He’ll claim you for his bride and take you to a castle
where the grass is emerald green
and streams flow with glittering diamonds.
They said, if not a castle, then a cottage
where roses grow around the door and birds sing in a garden.
Lies all lies.
My cottage is a tenement block, my garden a window box
where roses wither and die, choked from city fumes.
There are no birds.
One day a prince rode by. He didn’t care to stay.
Wow! Not just a haiku, but a full poem. Sniff. And so sad. Plus she's giving me $50, yo. Y’all excuse me while I have something in my eye.