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NATASHA MURRAY

AUTHOR, PLAYWRITE, DESIGNER, BLOGGER AND FOUNDER OF THE UK SOUTHERN BOOK SHOW

By nmurray, Aug 7 2019 08:42AM


Canadian writer and editor Gila Green is the author of three novels, White Zion (Cervena Barva Press, March 2019), Passport Control (S&H Publishing, 2018), and King of the Class (NON Publishing). She has published two dozen short stories and writes often about immigration, alienation, and dislocation.



Welcome Gila to my blog, please let everyone know about your writing journey.


1. What made you want to write a book?


It's a wonderful idea to think there's even the possibility that I might write something another person will connect to. We all need to feel connected to something and someone and I'd like to be part of that, the possibility is a big pull for me. I think we take that for granted but it's a powerful tool if you stop to consider it.


2. Tell us about you and where you live.


I grew up in Canada and moved to Israel in 1994. I lived in South Africa for a short while in-between. I'm a proud mother of five children, a son and four daughters and they are by far my greatest accomplishments.

I've been editing manuscripts for private clients for two decades and I teach English as a Foreign language at the college level. I love my work, especially helping students who tell me on the first day that they are terrible at English and will never understand it. It's very rewarding when they pass the course at the end of the semester.


Similarly, I love the feeling of giving a writer hope then they tell me their manuscript is a mess, not good, and so on. Validating another's work, helping them communicate to the world (and to themselves!) is very meaningful to me.


3. What have you written and what are you working on now?


I started publishing short stories fourteen years ago and I'm still addicted. I published about two dozen before I was advised (repeatedly) to move into novels if I ever want to "get anywhere." I don't get to write them much anymore, but I keep my hand in. I have two short stories coming out August 2019, I'm pleased to say. I also teach creative writing (flash fiction) on WOW-womenonwriting and that keeps me connected to short fiction.


My first novel was published in 2013 (King of the Class), a futuristic novel set in a post-civil war Israel. I've also published Passport Control, a coming of age novel set in Haifa (2018), White Zion, a novel in stories (2019) that migrates between Yemen, British Mandate Palestine, modern Israel and Canada, and No Entry is my latest published work coming out in Australia with Stormbird Press (young adult, eco-fiction).


No Entry takes place in South Africa's Kruger National Park and is the first in an environmental series that tackles elephant poaching through the eyes of a teen heroine who encounters a murderous poaching ring. I'm working on the sequel now.


4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?


This is my first year that I've really put a lot of energy into such a wide variety of marketing methods. Before I stuck mostly to reviews and blog posts. I wish I could tell you what works. I believe it is cumulative. It's not something like: open a Facebook page and your sales will go up X percent. Nothing like that. It's what you do as a whole that helps.

The best marketing advice I have is what many writers don't wish to hear but I'll say it anyway: your best marketing tool is to write another book. It will also keep you the sanest out of all of the methods. You can go crazy thinking if you just write one more post, get one more review, do one more interview etc. If I had to choose the second-best marketing tool, I would say it is to help other writers. This year I invested in a professional website and decided I would interview another writer once a month on my site. It's a win-win situation for everybody.


5. Where can readers find your book for sale?


You can find my books for sale on Amazon.


'No Entry' is still at the pre-order stage and available through Stormbird Press:


No Entry https://stormbirdpress.com/book/no-entry/

Passport Control https://www.amazon.com/Passport-Control-Gila-Green/dp/163320054X

White Zion https://www.amazon.com/White-Zion-Gila-Green/dp/1950063127/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=white+zion+gila+green&qid=1564134308&s=books&sr=1-1


'King of the Class' https://www.amazon.com/King-Class-Gila-Green-Paperback/dp/B00YRC101A


Thank you Gila for sharing your writer's life. I am sure that everyone will be eager to read your new book.


Natasha :)


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