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 15, 2012

Wilbur Smith and the Donkey

Author Wilbur Smith signed a six-book deal with publisher HarperCollins for a reported £15m. So what's wrong with that? Purists are commenting on the difference between the brand and the writer. Why? The books will be written with the help of carefully selected co-authors. A now elderly Wilbur Smith  can't keep up and needs help with the donkey work. The ideas and story will be his so does it matter if someone else finishes up? The debate continues...

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