Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

July 02, 2008

Radio inspiration

You can learn all sorts of useful and fascinating information when scanning radio stations on a long drive. Three subjects that came up in one two hour motorway journey of mine were; museums and mummies’ genitalia, what shopping will be like in the future and architecture prizes. If your character needs beefing up a bit give him, or her, an unusual hobby or job. It’s one way of making them more memorable.

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