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.

November 25, 2010


A reader must get on board with your character, feel for him/her, care about what's happening to him/her. Any little act of unkindness or terseness with a vulnerable soul could destroy their faith. Your good guy is the good guy for a reason, but don't go all gooey because the reader won't like that either.

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