Join Gaelen VanDenbergh, author of the contemporary women’s fiction novel, Running Against Traffic, as she tours the blogosphere September 2 – Septembe 27, 2013 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
ABOUT RUNNING AGAINST TRAFFIC
Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past – not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.
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ABOUT GAELEN VANDENBERGH
I am a writer, runner, reader, compulsive list-maker, mother and zookeeper (it feels like it, anyway). I grew up in Philadelphia, moved around a bit – Maine, Boston, NYC, back to Philly – and I have lived here for the past twelve years. I live with my husband and daughter, a fat cat, several fish, and a one-eyed dog.
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Running Against Traffic
1) I am an avid runner, and have been for many years. Running changed my life, and I always knew I wanted to incorporate that theme – the empowerment and new outlook that running can create when you truly need it most – into a novel. I wanted it to change the life of one of my characters. Or many!
2) The original premise for the plot of this novel came to me when my now ex-husband tried to pressure me to leave Philadelphia. He kept dragging me to visit dilapidated, crumbling houses in very small towns in the middle of nowhere. We were having problems, and so I began imagining (and believing) that he was secretly plotting to move me to one of these houses, in one of these towns, to dump me there. I became quite paranoid about it. Needless to say, we didn’t move.
3) I’m in love with Al. Don’t tell my husband. Okay, you can tell him…Al’s fictional, after all.
4) Al is fictional, but the relationship that develops between Al and Paige, and what stymies the relationship, from his end, is inspired by a relationship of mine from years ago.
5) Bryce may be fictional, but his struggles are not. I know and love people who have gone through much of what he goes through in this novel.
6) Section II, The Useless Flirtation, was very difficult to write. It made me feel wretched for Paige.
7) I didn’t know what the ending of Running Against Traffic was going to be, literally until I was writing it. Then I decided I wasn’t satisfied with leaving it at that, so I started writing a sequel.
8) Many scenes between Al and Paige hit the cutting room floor. Scenes that I once thought were important, but then didn’t fit who the characters became. I wrote more about their relationship than anything else, for a while! But this was Paige’s journey, not the journey of Paige and Al. Some scenes will resurface, I think, when the relationship resurfaces.
9) I spent a lot of time getting mad at Bryce, during the writing process, then feeling hypocritical. I’m no angel.
10) Running in Circles, the sequel to Running Against Traffic, will be out soon. I hope you enjoy both!
Pump Up Your Book and Gaelen VanDenbergh are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
Terms & Conditions:
- By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
- One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
- This giveaway begins September 2 and ends September 27, 2013.
- Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, September 30, 2013.
- Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!
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Wednesday, September 18 – 1st chapter reveal at Reader Girls
Thursday, September 19 – Guest blogging and 1st chaper reveal at Ali’s Books