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Is it a punch in the mouth or Betrayal?

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"Hello? Anyone home?"  "Sorry. Still not used to driving on this side of the road," Yael lies. "Need to concentrate."  Yael forces her shoulders back. She wants to reverse, set the case on fire. She cannot believe she's participating in the murder of innocent animals. But she cannot arouse David's suspicions. There's no telling what he mi...
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4 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

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  After writing three Jewish historical fiction novels (White Zion, Passport Control, and my as yet unpublished novel A Prayer Apart) here's my best advice for Jewish historical fiction writers: Sometimes research provides more than one answer and you'll have to use your best judgement: Someone may call you out on it but don't let that stop yo...
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The winner is...

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It's so fun to win a raffle! Got this message today:  Congratulations on winning the SCBWI Thursday Crawl 10/17!  Gila Green What's the SCBWI BookStop Crawl? Find out now and discover thousands of new novels.    Please check out my page, like it, and leave a comment and go on to explore.

"Yael is a great main character"-- Vancouver reader review, No Entry

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  Hello Gila, We have now received copies of both your books White Zion and No Entry - thank you so much!! We're cataloguing them, and will send you pictures of them in our display asap. BTW I read No Entry and was very impressed - both with your writing and with the messages that are so clearly conveyed to the reader. Yael is a great main cha...
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"Incredibly Powerful" --Reader Review, King of the Class

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 King of the Class is incredibly powerful.  Amazing! I would like to request a sequel: Elyakim realizes that Jordana's marriage effectively removes her from his personal life. (I leave it to your inimitable skills to pull that one off convincingly — because of what he has been through, etc.) Halachically (my edit: According to J...
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Guest Post on Don Jimmy Reviews, Book Chat, and sometimes more

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Thanks so much to James Tormey, the host of Don Jimmy Reviews for having me on his site today .  It's always a pleasure to spend time with book lovers all over the world.  The Secret to Inspired Writing By Gila Green I don't get ideas. I feel ideas. Let me explain. I'm commonly asked where my ideas come from for my fiction. It's a le...
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November 25th Save the date

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Check out my interview with Rick Hodges

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It's always fun to be interviewed by a fellow author. Please enjoy my interview with author Rick Hodges, a Stormbird Press, colleague.  Check out my interview with Rick for details about his new release To Follow Elephants.   RH: Please tell us how you came to write No Entry. GG: I wrote four Israel-based novels. They have a lot of variat...
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TED Circle in Tel Aviv

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This week I participated in Israel's first TED circle in Tel Aviv. We discussed a TED talk after watching it together. The main topic was efficiency vs. robustness. It was delightful to meet thirty new people from all different countries, backgrounds, and ages. Thanks to Professor Mel Rosenberg for inviting me AND we discovered that Professor Rosen...
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Children's Book Review

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​Today I'm reviewing author Margo Dill's children's book. Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this review. A copy was given to me courtesy of the author.  Title:  Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire Subtitle: The Case of the Missing Cookies Author: Margo Dill Illustrator: Jack Foster Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Sain...
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My new short story accepted to Jewish Literary Journal

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 My favorite genre is still the short story.  Every once in a while, I submit one. Indeed, I'm thinking of putting together a new short story collection and shutting down those voices in my head that whisper: novels, people want novels.  Today my story "Dis-Engagement" was accepted by the Jewish Literary Journal . Shout-out to author...
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Five Tips To Help You Write A Novel About Anything

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by Gila Green Novels are peppered with males and females, young and old, witches, aliens, and murderers. Yet many writers still feel limited to topics they know inside and out. What a great pity. I published a young adult novel about a teen heroine who takes on an elephant poaching ring in South Africa's Kruger National Park and you know what? I'm ...
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Save the date for the next Beit Shemesh Lit Event

Save the date for the next Beit Shemesh Lit Event SAVE THE DATE
​The next Beit Shemesh Lit event is on its way. When: November 25 Time: 7:30 PM Where: Studio Keramikli Join us on Monday, November 25 for an exciting author talk. Dr Leah Scheier will be speaking about her new novel, just signed with Simon & Schuster for a 2021 release and Ondine Sherman will be visiting from Herzliyah to tell us about her Ani...
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Author Interview: Rick Hodges

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Today, I have a special guest, Rick Hodges. Rick is a fellow Stormbird Press author, who is not only a colleague but someone with a deep respect for elephants. He's so enamored with elephants that he's written a new novel about them. (Remind you of another writer?)  Anyone who has enjoyed my young adult novel No Entry , mus...
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For Canadian writers: Resiliency Anthology open to submissions

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Resiliency Anthology call for submissions The Selkie Publications CIC Deadline: 01 January 2020 at 00:00 Submissions are now open for a Canadian anthology on the theme of resiliency. Now accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and artwork until January 1, 2020. Paid opportunity! Submissions are now open for a Canadian anthology on the theme of resil...
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Guest post: You do Need a Writing Retreat

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If you're like me you have a number of virtual friends, people you've interacted with in various capacities for years. Sometimes you even have to remind yourself that you've never actually met them in person. And when you do that, for a moment you find that hard to believe. You have so much in common, you've known them for so long, how can it ...
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REPOST: Google Search will soon understand normal questions, not just keywords

REPOST: Google Search will soon understand normal questions, not just keywords Google learns a new language
Interesting post from Rachel Kaser. Ever had to search for something on Google, but you're not exactly sure what it is, so you just use some language that vaguely implies it? Google's about to make that a whole lot easier. Google announced today it's rolling out a new machine learning-based language understanding technique called Bidirectional Enco...
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A small favor

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 Reviews are so helpful and they only need to be one line.  Thanks for stopping by. If you read Passport Control, White Zion, or No Entry, I would be grateful for a review on Amazon or Goodreads. People like to read what others recommend. One line ideas: This was a beautiful story Perfect for anyone interested in... One of the best novels...
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Author interview: Dan Sofer

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I'm so excited to have award-winning writer Dan Sofer on gilagreenwrites. Dan is a fellow English-speaking writer in Israel. He's published a trilogy, so I was particularly keen to interview him as I just finished my first sequel and I find the idea of part three daunting. Not only that, but he has a remarkable sense of humor that shines in his wri...
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FRIDAY FREEBIE: WIN A GOODIE BAG FROM STORMBIRD PRESS

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 Bookish treats could be yours...it's giveaway time...read on.  Tracey has been interviewing authors and reviewing books since 2005. She's particularly supportive of Australian authors and enjoys historical fiction, crime, thrillers, and more. Today Tracey's Melbourne-based book blog  Carpe Librum is hosting a Friday Freebie &nb...
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My interview with Tony Riches

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I'm delighted to be a guest on Tony Riches' writing blog: The Writing Desk. The Writing Desk "aims to create insightful, relevant content to encourage new writers and support authors with book launches, reviews, guest posts and useful links." Author Tony Riches was born in West Wales and spent part of his childhood in Kenya. Before writing historic...
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Re-posting Myself: Writing Beyond the 5 Senses

Re-posting Myself: Writing Beyond the 5 Senses
My "five worst writing tips" was such a popular post that today I'm re-posting more writing advice regarding what could easily have been worst writing tip number six:  use the five senses . Do I disagree that we should use the five senses in our writing? Not at all. It's the number five that I disagree with. Read on to find out why. Beyond the...
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Tune in: I chat with Dave Pezza's NovelClass--Writer's Bone

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​ CURRENT READ: IF YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH BY BIANCA MARAIS In Episode 3.13, host Dave Pezza chats with author Gila Green ( No Entry, Passport Control ) about Bianca Marais' If You Want to Make God Laugh . To celebrate Gila Green's recent novel No Entry , and her appearance on the show, Stormbird Press is offering an exclusive deal! NovelClass l...
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Five bad pieces of writer advice

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There's more advice for writers out there than ever. You need to know that 1. A lot of it is bad 2. A lot of it doesn't apply to you; it was that writer's experience. 3. It doesn't go away, but happily, you can ignore it. Here are my top five worst pieces of writing advice: 1. Never respond to a potential publisher with mor...
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Thrilled to share this five-star review of No Entry

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 Thank you Kathy Hauswirth for your review of No Entry on your beautiful site: First Person Naturalist. No Entry: Fictional Teen, Very Real Eco Issues There's a continuing trend here at First Person Naturalist–publishers sending me nature/enviro-themed books to read and review. No Entry from Gila Green at Stormbird Press is the first Youn...
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So gratifying when a flash participant gets published!

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  Hi Gila, I just wanted to let you know that the flash you helped me work out over the summer actually found a taker ! That is cool. And I thought you should know, seeing as how you brought me there. Hope all is well and happy in your world! And thanks again, Jenny (link below) Congratulations, Jenny. Please continue to share your good news.&...
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White Zion Spotlight: What Is That Book About

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Thank you so much to Michelle Bowles and her inspiring book blog "What Is That Book About" for spotlighting White Zion.  I really appreciate what she writes on her site: "Now, for me, it isn't about the most popular book or one "that" is on that list. Books mean a lot to me and the people who take the time to write them. The books you will see...
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My young adult novel No Entry was part of Vancouver's Ecocity 2019

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Thanks to Dragon Fly's Mary Woodbury, who not only featured No Entry, my new young adult novel about a teen heroine who takes on a murderous elephant poaching ring in South Africa's Kruger National Park,    in her own publication, but who also mentioned No Entry at Vancouver's Ecocity 2019. From Ecocity  site : "The Ecocity Worl...
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Gila Green's Top 5 Writing Tips

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1. Learn something that has nothing to do with writing--often . Take a gardening course, photography, dance, archaeology, religion, anything. Career writers must have compelling things to write about. Am I the only one who notices how often novel characters are magazine editors, journalists, and writers? Dentistry, law, accounting, welding, real es...
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How to help an Author in Minutes

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If you read Passport Control, White Zion , or No Entry, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.  It can be one line. It's tremendously helpful for all authors for people to leave reviews because people are naturally attracted to what others recommend.  Here are some of my ideas for a one line review :   I recommend thi...
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Latest Books

No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, 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.

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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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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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