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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 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. ​

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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Looking forward to podcasting

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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!

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​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

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 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.

Writing Funny Flash Fiction

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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?  

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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Jewish Home LA Passport Control Review

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I'm so pleased to share Rebecca Klempner's review of Passport Control with you.  Reviewed by Rebecca Klempner Gila Green's recent novel, Passport Control , is not light entertainment. But it's perfect for those readers interested in a suspenseful, well-written, and thought-provoking piece of literary fiction that may make them deeply unco...
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Flash Fiction: The Art of Short​ January 24, 2019​ 10:30-14:30​

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Register Now:  Come as you are, with a fifth version of a piece you've been working on since your high school graduation or as a writer who has never heard of flash until you saw this advertisement and rushed to sign up. In the first part of this masterclass, we'll define flash fiction and take you all the way from idea to premise to micro fla...
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Great way to start 2019

Guest Posting on The Creative Penn
Thanks Joanna Penn for hosting me this month.  

Truth in Fiction

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 "What I draw from is not a photographic memory, but an emotional one."  Thank you, Amy Tan.  I reread that again and again. I must use this as a prompt to write about the truths in fiction.  What is the purpose of fiction? To write what I cannot say. Though I cannot tell you what happened for so many reasons (pain, shame), if I...
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Still time to thank you for 2018 #gratitude #writechat #bookmarketing chat

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 Live Write thrive, Writers Write, Christi Craig, Kathy Steinemann, Kathryn Schleich, Writers Helping Writers, Fiction Magazine, The Book Designer, The Millions, WOW-Women on Writing hailing from USA, Canada, and South Africa. The writing community is global. Writers take note and think BIG.  

Less Stress, Reviews, Press Releases and More

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​ In 2013, I published my first novel King of the Class (KOTC). Three months later I wrote a post titled "What I learned from Publishing my First Novel." It was a necessary integration of what I'd gleaned after three months of full-time, dedicated hard work—the kind of 24-hour work after which you can't even think about the topic. I was burnt out o...
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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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