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Author interview: Jeff Gerstenfeld

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​ Today I'm excited to bring you an author interview with Jeff Gerstenfeld, a fellow writer in Israel writing in English. While I have not had the pleasure of meeting Jeff in person, I'm so pleased that he contacted me about his new book Downsized and Oversized. Often genre writers get sidelined and it's a great opportunity for me today to introduc...
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Roundup: Recent and Anticipated Author Interviews

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If you haven't had a chance to read my interviews with these authors about their new works, this is a friendly reminder. I'm honored to be able to help spread the word about so much talent and creativity. If you have comments on my interviews or a question you'd like me to ask authors for future interviews, please comment below. ​ Check out my...
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Jewish Book Carnival: February 2019

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February Jewish Book Carnival 2019 I am excited to present this month's Jewish Book Carnival, a monthly event where those who cover Jewish books online "can meet, read, and comment on each others' posts." Organized by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the Carnival travels around and is hosted on a different participant's site on the 15th of...
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I'm in Canadian Writers Abroad!

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 Thank you Debra Martens for hosting me and my dear friend and colleague, Anna Levine, on your site today. It was a pleasure.   Working in silence, alone with your thoughts, writing can be a lonely business. But have you looked at the list of acknowledgements at the back of some books lately? They seem to be getting longer, as if a b...
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Interview with Sharon Hart-Green

Sharon Hart-Green Author of Come Back for me
I'm always excited to share author Q&A articles with you and I'm particularly interested in letting you know more about fellow Canadian, Jewish writers. I heard about Sharon from a mutual friend from Toronto and, as often happens, she suddenly appeared on my Linked-In and we connected right away. Sharon Hart-Green is a Canadian writer and acade...
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Looking forward to podcasting

Upcoming podcast interviews Upcoming podcast interviews
Thank you for hosting me. 

Late Night on the Phone

Late Night on the Phone Poem in the Dime Show Review
My poem Late Night on the Phone is out on The Dime Show Review. Thank you again.  Late Night on the Phone by Gila Green I so rarely have time to write poetry, so I'm thrilled this was accepted.  https://www.dimeshowreview.com/late-night-on-the-phone-by-gila-green/

Story Acceptance!

New story accepted for publication New story on the way
​A new short story has been accepted to The Bookends Review.  I have a podcast interview lined up there as well (in August), so stay tuned.  I originally titled the story The Kike Caller then probably in the politically correct climate changed it to Summer Job. Now, I'm unsure. I might change it back to its original title which reson...
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You can already sign up for my June classes

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​ I was planning to break until the fall but, due to demand, I am offering two new classes in June :   WRITING FICTION: SETTING AND DESCRIPTION   START DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 DURATION: 4 weeks COURSE DESCRIPTION: Great story has a memorable sense of place. In this four-week course you will discover why setting and description are ...
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My post on The Creative Penn

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I'm thrilled to be hosted on Joanna Penn's The Creative Penn today. Thank you so much for having me on your site.  Writing Tips: Writing Beyond The 5 Senses The most useful way to show what you want to say is to tap into the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing and get into the 'why' behind each sense. In other words, you must ...
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My poem was accepted by...

Poem accepted by the Dime Show Review
California's Dime Show Review! I'm thrilled to share that my poem, "Late Night on the Phone" was just accepted to Dime Show Review for online publication and they are considering it for their three times a year print run. Thank you to editor Kae Sable for accepting my poem. 

How to improve setting in story

How to improve setting in story How to improve setting in story
 In South Africa's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, I discuss improving setting in your story. 

Best marketing tool for writers is...

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 Enjoy the view. Today's vlog was filmed at  Chapman's Peak,  a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in Cape Town, South Africa.

New resources for Jewish Women Writers

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa Vlog Time: WATCH
How beautiful are these backgrounds? The cover photo is Cape Town's Table Mountain and this vlog was filmed at Chapman's Peak, overlooking Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.  

Symbolism & Setting

Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Symbolism & Setting
Symbolism is one of the most underused techniques when it comes to story setting.  There's no better place to talk about setting than in Cape Town's beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

Viva Literary Magazines

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I've been publishing in literary magazines since 2005 and, I admit, I'm addicted. I've had four novels accepted for publication to small presses, an offer of a young adult series and yet I always have at least a handful of submissions out there, far beyond what's considered the usual expiry date for writers. I can't seem to stop, though that's craz...
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Writing Funny Flash Fiction

Cape Town, Table Mountain Writing funny flash fiction
Today's question is about adding some levity to your flash fiction. You don't want to write an extended joke. What's the difference?  

How do I know when my flash should be a short story?

Cape Town, Table Mountain
Today's question: How do I know when to extend my flash into a short story?  

Remember When?

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He sighs and holds his glass up remembering things that happened years ago. I try to diminish myself in my chair, so he'll see his memories and share them instead of seeing me. "I begged your father to run away to the kibbutz with me. So many young people were doing it then. There was no food in Jerusalem. But he was the oldest, and he wouldn't lea...
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My interview with Novel Kicks, UK

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It was a pleasure to talk with Laura Parish, who hosts the fiction readers and writers blog, Novel Kicks. Thank you so much for having me. My first interview of 2019 and my first in the UK! Hi Gila, thank you for joining me today. Your novel is called Passport Control. Can you tell me about it and what inspired the story? Passport Control is a comi...
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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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