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 17, 2010

History and the now

A historical event can fuel ideas for modern novels as can a newspaper cutting or TV programme. Never be afraid to work up an idea on paper and the sooner the better as life is guaranteed to get in the way and you'll never get those precious insights again.

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