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.

January 14, 2010

If your mother says she loves you - check it!

There are millions of experts out there and heaven forbid you write down something that isn't true. If you've ever pointed out mistakes on the TV, then count yourself amongst them. The journalist's maxim is just as valid in fiction as non-fiction. One plant flowering out of season, or one tractor in the wrong era can wreck a story.

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