Running Against Traffic Guest Post!

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!



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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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!


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  • This giveaway begins September 2 and ends September 27, 2013.
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blog tour schedule
Tuesday, September 3 – Book featured at One Page at a Time
Wednesday, September 4 – Book featured at Margay Leah Justice
Thursday, September 5 – Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, September 5 – Book featured at Miki’s Hope
Friday, September 6 – Book featured at Icefairy’s Treasure Chest
Monday, September 9 – Book featured at Sweeping Me
Tuesday, September 10 – 1st chapter reveal at Books and Needlepoint
Wednesday, September 11 – Book featured at Soctrates Book Reviews
Thursday, September 12 – Guest blogging at Storeybook Reviews
Friday, September 13 – Interviewed at Review From Here
Friday, September 13 – Book featured at Mom Loves 2 Read
Monday, September 16 – Guest blogging at The Writer’s Life
Monday, September 16 – Book featured at The Self Taught Cook
Tuesday, September 17 – Interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz
Tuesday, September 17 – Book featured at Libby’s Library
Wednesday, September 18 – Book featured at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Wednesday, September 18 – 1st chapter reveal at Reader Girls
Thursday, September 19 – Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, September 19 – Guest blogging and 1st chaper reveal at Ali’s Books
Friday, September 20 – Book featured at Confessions of a Reader
Monday, September 23 – Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
Monday, September 23- Guest blogging at Crystal’s Many Reviews
Tuesday, September 24 – Book featured at Jody’s Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 24 – 1st chapter reveal at Literary Winner
Tuesday, September 24 – Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads
Wednesday, September 25 – Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, September 25 – Book reviewed at Ramblings of a Book Lunatic
Wednesday, September 25 – 1st chapter reveal at Sarah Ballance
Thursday, September 26 – 1st chapter reveal at moonlightreader
Thursday, September 26 – Book featured at My Cozie Corner
Friday, September 27 – Book reviewed at All Grown Up?
Friday, September 27 – Book reviewed and Guest blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
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