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.

November 20, 2008


Whenever you find yourself thinking negative thoughts devise a way to break the downward spiral. A stoplight, a mantra (‘this isn’t productive’), focussing on a character in your novel or short story might work for you. If it doesn’t - keep trying until something does.

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