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.

May 30, 2013

Theme - the sat nav of a novel

I've read a load of tosh on theme recently. Why? Because theme is buried deep and it takes practise to find it. Some still haven't quite got there. Think about it like a living human's skeleton. You can't see it, but you'd certainly know if it wasn't there. Despite what many say, a novel or story's theme cannot be summed up in one word. Revenge, love, guilt, forgiveness, loyalty, change won't cut it. Theme is the underlying truth that people can connect with. More to follow...

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