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My new post in Oregon Jewish Life is front page news

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​THE TRIBALISM THAT REIGNED IN BEIT SHEMESH FOR A DECADE IS OVER BY GILA GREEN I live in Beit Shemesh, the city that made global headlines when a Jewish man spat on a young girl (in December 2011). As a writer I was asked to speak out, to write a blog post or article that would distance "us" from "them." But I felt articles created more hatred, wer...
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Why are Women Still Worrying about Mothering & Writing?

Why are Women Still Worrying about Mothering & Writing?
I was thrilled to guest post on Jewess this week. Thank you again for having me.  Writing. Mothering. I admit I was blind to the clash between these two occupations. I never understood why a female writer's struggle would be any different from the tension between raising children and any other occupation. But as someone with a journalism degre...
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Welcome to my new blog!

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​Are you looking for a place online where you can find writing advice, read author interviews, watch short and useful vlogs and learn about life in Israel at the same time? You're here. I'm Gila Green, a Canadian author from Ottawa living in Israel. I'm excited to have a new writing space online and I would love to hear what you'd like to see ...
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Interview with writer Brandon Marlon

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I'm always excited to share author Q&A articles with you. This time stands out because I rarely meet a Jewish writer from my hometown, Ottawa, but I found Brandon on Linked-In in 2013 when my first novel King of the Class was published and we connected quickly over shared writing interests. I'm excited about Brandon's Jewish history reference b...
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My Guest Blog Post on Writers Write: Increase Your Productivity - Find a Writing Partner

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You can increase your writing productivity by partnering with another writer and critiquing each other's work. But not any good-natured writer will do. If you really want to improve your writing productivity, look for these seven things in your next critique partner:  Read more

Writer's Block Advice

Advice for New Writers - Distraction

My Guest Blog Post on Writers Helping Writers: Are you familiar with flash fiction?

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​Have you dismissed it because you write novels or screenplays or something significantly longer? Well, don't give up on it just yet. Writing and publishing flash fiction can help in ways you probably weren't aware, as Gila Green is here to explain. Book publishing is a tough, competitive business. Still, there's no reason to ma...
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My Guest Post on The Book Designer: The Writing-Marketing Balance

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We hear it all the time, " How can I possibly market my existing book while writing my next book? "or " I don't like marketing. I just want to write ." But the reality is that to be successful as an author, most of us need to continually do both–marketing AND writing new books. The good news is that it is possible to do bot...
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Want to get published? Try Flash Fiction

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This week I was thrilled to be a guest on C.S. Lakin's site LiveWriteThrive. Thank you again. "The exploding number of flash publication opportunities as a way to break into novel publishing also offers a break for writers who might be burnt out with a novel or short story. Specifically, you get a break from following those longer manuscript rules, and we all need a break from “the rules” once in a while to recharge."  Read the rest .

Why I Wrote Passport Control

Will We Meet Miriam Gil Again?

Why are Jewish Stories Important?

What am I Working on Now?

Interview with British-Israeli translator, playwright, and poet Atar Hadari

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I am always excited to share author Q&As with you. This time is even more of a pleasure because I took a play-writing class with Atar Hadari 11 years ago and before that I attended some of his classes at Bar Ilan University. So, we go way back.  Moreover, Atar has generously honored me with two of his poems for two of my own novels. I'm always thrilled when Jewish writers can collaborate and together extend their own works.  We connected over our love of writing but also over some of our shared background. Atar is a tenth generation Israeli and my family, too, came to Palestine in the 1880s. I've lived in Israel for 20+ years but have not met many people who share this dual background with me. I'd love to meet more if you're out there! I'm excited about Atar's new book "Lives of the Dead: Collected...
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My new story "No Entry" is up! And the novel deal's signed for a September 2019 release

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An excerpt from my young adult novel, No Entry  is out. My novel is now signed with Stormbird Press, Australia for a September 2019 release. I'm working on a sequel right now. What's No Entry about? Teen heroine, Yael Yekutiel, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed and murder. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park. Yael vows to devote herself to saving the planet from human greed and is set to learn all she can about ivory poaching when she accidentally encounters a murderous poaching ring taking place below the surface of her newfound paradise. She receives a second blow when she discovers her idol Clara Smith, the prestigious and well-respected program director, profits from blood ivory, while preaching about the sanctity of wildlife. Yael is forced to decide on a new mission: expose this...
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Passport Control is out on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle

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You can check out Passport Control and please let me know what you think. My October release turned into an August one! As of today it is on Amazon Canada, too .

Early review of White Zion coming out April 2019, Cervena Barva Press

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Imagine a group of friends and relatives coming together throughout the afternoon over food and drink, staying late into the evening to share stories that engender laughter, tears, empathy and admiration. The profoundly satisfying stories in White Zion are rich in intimate detail, peopled with a cast of heart wrenching characters at once familiar and unique, a gathering of personalities that leaves me reluctant to leave their company and eager to revisit them. Pearl Luke, author Madame Zee

Guest Post: Conswalia Green

Writing Opportunities In Unexpected Places. Being a student has reminded me that if you write, you are a writer; write and write often; and opportunities to write really are everywhere. When I decided to get a MA in Technical and Professional Communication, I felt that I was betraying my creative writing self.    I repeated, "This doesn't define you. You're still a creative writer.”  Even when my professor said in research class, "to not be mistaken, this is a writing class," I still felt like a cheat. After a couple of writing intensive classes, it surprised me what I learned and relearned:  writing practice comes in many forms and still adheres to basic writing rules.    Honor deadlines   There is always a deadline.  That’s frightening when staring at a blank page. Gather research and focus on your writing goal with your deadline mind. Remember the 5 magic words As...
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Summer Guest Post Series: Joyce Barton

Summer Guest Post Series: Joyce Barton
Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: How I Burned My Old Darlings and Got Back to Writing Fiction Joyce Barton (Guest Blog Post) I was coming off of a year of transcription and research for a nonfiction project and feeling ready to get back into fiction, but I was stuck. It had been so long since I’d used that muscle, could I even write fiction anymore? Write something new? What about my orphans, my piles and files of decades-old material— leave no story behind , I’d promised my characters, and myself. Here’s how I burned through my indecision (aka resistance ) by feeding some old friends to the fire. State Your Mission I’m a writer, right? I write things down. So it seemed natural to define, in writing, what I wanted and why, when this would happen, how I’d get there, and commit to it—a good old-fashioned Mission Statement....
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Latest Books

Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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Forthcoming Books

White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Yekutiel, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park...

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