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 03, 2011

Jeanette Winterson

Mining your past, like Jeanette Winterson and her biography - Why be happy when you can be normal? - can be a profitable. But it has its downfalls. Family members taking umbridge, even serious falling out. Some writers recommend waiting until certain folk you wish to immortalise are no longer in a position to comment.

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