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 06, 2012


We see people every day and each is wholly individual, unique. So why is it so hard to make one live beyond the novel or film: a Hercule Poirot, an Indiana Jones, a Ripley in Alien? It's how they react with others and under pressure and being able to convey real human qualities on the page or screen. No easy task.

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