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.

February 21, 2013


No fiction is complete without bucket loads of conflict. Your protagonist needs someone to argue with and that should be almost everyone. Despite notable exeptions, miserable old gits abound in crime fiction, Morse and Frost to name but two. So whatever you write, look for characters that will rub your hero up the wrong way and if they don't make sure they do.

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