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.

May 26, 2011


Every one of your characters has a birthday, so even if you don't believe in horoscopes, don't ignore them for character traits, like tidiness - Virgo, hot-headed - Leo. The books on sun signs and birthdays are a great source and can be picked up cheaply in second-hand shops.

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