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.

September 20, 2009


On arrival at a new location write down the first 20 things that strike you as being characteristic. This will help you focus on vivid details you can use when lengthy descriptions are inappropriate. Don’t forget to use all your senses. Sometimes smell is the first thing you notice.

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