Wednesday, November 20, 2013


by Gaelen VanDenbergh

My daughter is going to go to Key West, Florida with my sister and family for winter break, this year. I will fly down toward the end of the vacation to pick her up and bring her home. As I was unsure of what date we would fly back, and I was booking the outbound flight for just myself, I booked a one way ticket.

I can’t think of a single time I have booked a one-way ticket anywhere, even to a place so familiar and like a second home to me as Key West. I felt as if I was taking some sort of plunge, picking up and flying away to a new life, or a new beginning, never to look back. Never to return. Of course this rush of refreshment is false, nor would I want to pick up and leave my life as I know it…But there is a hopeful thrill that accompanies starting over, rebooting, reinventing. People are very flawed, and life is fraught with troubles and emotional challenges. Every day is a new chance for them. For all of us, really. I have a tendency to write about these chances for changing direction. In some cases, as in Running Against Traffic, my characters don't have a choice in the matter.

Once the brief fantasy ended, and I booked our return flight to Philadelphia, I wondered what I would do if I were handed the opportunity to do something differently, to turn my life in another direction. What if I were handed a one-way ticket to another reality?

What would you do differently, if you could? Where would you go? If you’re one of those blissful, contented people, congratulations. I always knew you existed, and I’m happy for you. Perhaps you would take a class in Asian Fusion cooking. If, like me, this has crossed your mind once or twice, email me. I'll post the responses on my website. It's not about regrets, it's about possibilities.


PUBLICATION DATE: February 15, 2013
GENRE: Contemporary Women's Fiction


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.




Gaelen VanDenbergh is a writer, runner, and compulsive list-maker who lives in Philadelphia with her family, a fat cat, and several fish. Her debut novel, RUNNING AGAINST TRAFFIC, was a Global Ebook Award nominee, a semifinalist in the The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards, a semifinalist in the Readers' Favorite 2013 International Book Award Contest, Indie Book of the Day, June 30, 2013, a 2013 Beach Book Festival Award nominee, and has received a four star review in InD’tale Magazine.

When not writing, Gaelen enjoys reading, running races for charities, and spending as much time in Key West and the Adirondacks as she can.



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