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.

June 18, 2009

Bury your first book

This advice came from top literary agent Jonathan Lloyd. He says your first novel is where you make mistakes, a learning ground, and sometimes first attempts should never see the light of day. Your second novel will be better and you can always resurrect the first if you need to.

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