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.

December 30, 2010

You and them

Where ever you go imagine how your character would react to the rude shop assistant, the oik who cuts you up or the disinterested call centre operator. Are they more or less sympathetic than you? If all your characters behave the same way as you then you are in danger of not keeping them distinct.

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