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.

October 08, 2008

Reality check

When you are lying in your sick bed or pest house, as I have been, it’s a good time to assess what you are doing and where you are going. My problem has been the pressure I felt others were putting me under. It was like having a shadow the size of a grizzly bear’s. It was only when I was forced to stop did I see it. I’ve given myself permission to do things at my own pace and my own shadow is back.

1 comment:

john e white said...

So,now for a little shadow boxing -don't forget the goose grease.
Get well soon.

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