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Passport Control Amazon Review: "Green is an author that should not be missed."

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I love it when I'm surfing and find something unexpected. Just found this review of Passport Control on Amazon Canada posted on behalf of Tommy Dewar (unfortunately, reviews put on Amazon USA and Amazon Canada are separate). I've never met Tommy but thank you so much and I hope you enjoy White Zion coming out April 25.5.0 out of 5 stars Great ...
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Wisdom Share with Bev Joy Ehrlich

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Just had a fantastic WiSh (Wisdom Share) with Bev Joy Ehrlich and shared a tip to help you create your next dream.Can't wait for this to air! I'll post the details to the WiSh as soon as it goes live. Meantime don't you love this photo from the Jerusalem Mahane Yehudah Market? Took it last night. 

Submission Opportunities for April

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Contests With Deadlines in AprilApril 7 (contest runs on Australian time, so deadline may be considerably earlier than midnight depending on your timezone)Up to 500 words based on prompt (released April 5). Prize: 500AUDhttps://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/April 10: Up to 2,500 words on topic "Identity." Prizes: £10,000, £3,000, £2,000....
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April Jewish Carnival

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Check back on April 15th!Looking forward to sharing more Jewish creativity with you soon. 

Two Galleys in One Week White Zion & No Entry

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"Sensitivity Readings"

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Thank you to Brian Henry for re-posting my article originally published on Mark Mirsky's Fiction Magazine website which I titled "My Ironic Story" and Brian re-titled "Sensitivity Readings." I've followed Brian's site Quick Brown Fox for years and I am always grateful for Brian's support of my work. I recommend his site, pa...
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April Jewish Book Carnival Right Here

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 I am honored to host the next April Jewish Book Carnival right here, so check back April 15 for all new links.Also, this week my podcast on Janet Groom just in time for the Purim holiday this Wednesday. I'll post that, too.

Repost: Bringing the Pain: How to Hurt Your Characters

Repost from BookFox
I enjoyed this so much, I'm reposting this article by Jody J. Sperling on BookFox.I'd like to ask Sperling if this advice equally applies to young adult. If I get a response, I'll share it. Stories are only truly great when they confront the great fears.Bernard Malamud knew this. His character of Roy Hobbs, a naturally gifted baseball player, ...
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Review: A story to fall in love with!

Review: A story to fall in love with!
 I am not very well versed in Jewish and Middle Eastern culture and politics. And while some of the historically impactful events the author refers to throughout this book were familiar to me, I'm relieved to say that my general lack of cultural awareness did not hinder my enjoyment of Passport Control in the least. In fact, it was quite easy ...
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Love getting these emails...

Dear Gila...
Ellen MarcantanoSat, Mar 2, 4:00 AM (1 day ago)Hi Gila,I just wanted to share my fantastic news. The Dime Show Review wants to publish a flash piece I sent to them. There are no words to express my thanks to you because without you this would not be happening. I bow to you my writing Goddess!!You are an amazing teacher and mentor who gave me the co...
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Six weeks until White Zion release

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White Zion, my novel in stories, will be released mid-April by Cervena Barva Press. I started this collection a dozen years ago and it was almost published a handful of times. Finally, it has found its proper home. So excited! I plan to do a giveaway on Goodreads, so stay tuned for that.Grateful for early reviews:In a journey of generations from Ad...
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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 introduce...
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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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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 each month. For me February h...
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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 boo...
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Looking forward to podcasting

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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 resonat...
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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, 2019DURATION: 4 weeksCOURSE DESCRIPTION: Great story has a memorable sense of place. In this four-week course you will discover why setting and description are the key...
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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 SensesThe 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 ask...
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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 coming...
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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 KlempnerGila 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 uncomfo...
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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 flas...
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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

Amy Tan The Opposite of Fate
 "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 wo...
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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.  

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No Entry

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White Zion

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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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