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 11, 2010


Every story must have a structure and pretty much all of it must tie up by the end. Serious loose ends turn a narrative into an 'O-story'. You get to the end and go 'OH?' If your reader isn't satisfied then you can't be sure they'll read your next work. And no writer wants that.

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