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I'll Bet You Think This Story's about You: When People Keep Finding Themselves in Your Fiction It was an honor today to be hosted on The Millions site. In today's post you can read a conversation with my mother. https://themillions.com/2018/11/ill-bet-you-think-this-storys-about-you-the-un-omitted-omissions-and-the-real.html

New Flash Piece Accepted "Cutty Sark"

New Flash Piece Accepted "Cutty Sark"
I'm thrilled to share with you that my latest flash piece, "Cutty Sark" has been accepted to the Writer's Bone. This piece is part of a larger manuscript titled Backroad.  

Passport Control Recommended

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I was thrilled this morning to find myself at the top of the Book Club Reader Recommended list on the Jewish Women's Archive site.  Thank you JWA!

Review Passport Control by Batya Medad

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Passport Control by Gila Green is an amazing book with lots of plot twists and mystery. It tells the story of a Canadian Jew, Miriam Gil, who comes to Haifa University to study. She gets involved with many unexpected people and events. Passport Control is fiction, but to be honest, it's clear that everything Green writes about is a real possibility...
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What is creative non-fiction anyway?

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The autumn issue of The Fiddlehead is out and I'm honored my piece "Winnipeg 1987" is part of it.  Thank you to editor, Alicia Elliott. I enjoyed your editorial so much, I repost it here. So many of you ask me for a definition of non-fiction, I recommend you read below.  Whatever We Need It To BePosted on November 12, 2018 Late last year ...
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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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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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Increase Your Productivity: Find a Writing Partner - 7 Things You Need In A Writing Partner

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Thank you to Writers Write for guest posting this blog.   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: Someone who wr...
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What Can Flash Fiction Do For Novel Writers?

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Thank you to Writers Helping Writers for Guest Posting this blog.   Book publishing is a tough, competitive business. Still, there's no reason to make the road harder to travel. Enter flash fiction—an excellent way to break into both fiction and nonfiction book publishing. Flash fiction pieces are very short stories that still include the...
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The Writing-Marketing Balance

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Thank you to the Book Designer for guest posting this blog.   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. Th...
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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

Release date October 2018

Release date October 2018

New Story in Terrain.org

New Story in Terrain.org
I'm excited to share with you that my new story "No Entry" will be published in terrain.org . in September 2018. As soon as it's up, I'll post the link.

Great News: Passport Control is coming out fall 2018

Great News: Passport Control is coming out fall 2018
I'm thrilled to share with you that my novel Passport Control will be coming out with S&H Publishing  October 2018. "Many novels have attempted to orchestrate the impossible marriage of politics and human relations in the state of Israel, but few have presided over that perilous ceremony with the grace, affection, and emotional clarity of Gila Green's Passport Control .  A stunning achievement." Steve Stern, author of  The Book of Mischief ,  A Plague of Dreamers ,  The Frozen Rabbi , and  The North of God . What's it about? Miriam Gil flees Canada for Israel when her Israeli dad says he needs more room in their house — for his new girlfriend. Soon at university, living in a dorm with three bickering roommates, she falls in love with Guy, a former combat soldier who dreams of peace.  Miriam is caught off guard when her visa and passport application are rejected...
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Short story accepted to The Fiddlehead

Short story accepted to The Fiddlehead
The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada's Literary Journal,   accepted my story "Winnipeg 1987." Look for it in the autumn 2018 issue.

White Zion and Other Stories is on its Way

White Zion and Other Stories is on its Way
My short story collection White Zion is coming out with Cervena Barva Press . White Zion migrates between 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada. Stories explore racism, alienation within the family unit, and the fall-out after generations of war. In a journey of generations from Aden to Palestine to Ottawa, one Yemenite family encounters new and difficult realities: racism and war, rejection and divorce, resourceful survival and tragic death. With smells of delicious breads wafting up from the page, embroidering detail upon detail in fine literary stitch, Gila Green draws us fully into her narrative, as she generously shares with us the hidden core of family life and the stories she is not afraid to tell.   Yael Unterman, author of The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing .   Voices in the collection include Assaf, a Yemenite boy growing up in pre-State Israel,...
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Dear Gila....

I took one of your classes and, you may remember, the story (The Storm) I wrote? Anyway I entered it in a contest and placed third which pleased me. Nancy Shelton Springfield, MO

Mondays are Murder

Mondays are Murder
Please see my latest noir flash fiction in Akashic Books Mondays are Murder Series. /

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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