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.

September 27, 2012

J.K. Rowling as role model

Everyone is talking about her and yes, her fame will automatically have the media buzzing round like flies, but how wonderful that she has kept her cool and stayed 'normal'. Yes she has money but no one can say she flaunts it or that it has gone to her head. She was poor once too - a single mum on benefits - and has never forgotten it. She is definitley a role model we could all follow. Having stacks of cash comes with its own curses, as she found out. So be careful what you wish for, and if you do get it, remember to handle it with grace.

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