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.

May 22, 2009

Characters on track

It’s important to make sure your characters don’t act in ways that make your readers lose sympathy with them. It is not always easy to identify but they certainly will feel something is not quite right. You can pre-empt this by asking, would my character really do that/say this?

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