Gaelen VanDenbergh is a writer, runner, and compulsive list-maker who lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter, a cat, several fish, and a one-eyed dog.
Running Against Traffic is her first novel.
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1) Where did you come up with the idea for this book?
My now ex-husband spent a lot of time dragging me to remote, miniscule towns to look at dilapidated houses that he wanted to move us into. After a while I started imagining he was scheming to actually leave me in one of these places, and I thought what if that actually happened to someone, and I started writing that story.
2) What made you write a contemporary fiction?
I write what interests me. People, their relationships to one another, their heartbreak and joy, their mistakes, their motivations, there is so much to explore, in so many situations.
3) What did you enjoy the most about writing this novel? The least?
This particular novel is very close to my heart because on certain levels I share so much with Paige and Bryce, their failures, their growth. Not their family backgrounds, though. And I loved their relationship to each other. I think that’s what I love most about writing any novel, is how the characters develop and their relationships grow. I love watching them interact, and I love watching them learn from each other.
I had some trouble finding time to finish the novel, and when I had to set it aside I missed it. I missed my peeps, Paige, Bryce and Al. And I’m sure they didn’t appreciate being silenced for stretches of time.
5) If your book was a song, what song would it be?
There are three parts to the book, and Paige is in such a different place in her life in each. So, Part I would be Green Day’s She, Part II would be Adele’s Don’t You Remember, and Part III would be Des’ree’s You Gotta Be.
6) What is in your short term future plans? Long term future plans?
As far as writing goes? Short term, finish this novel’s sequel, Running in Circles, by August. Long term, finish all of my other novels.