Silja’s writing is beautiful, impactful and moving. Silja is from Finland and learnt English from a young age. She moved to the UK when she was 19 years old to study at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She attained BA (Hons) in Film Studies. Silja currently lives in Finland and plans to return to the UK to pursue her writing career.
Silja likes to write about difficult subjects and her novel first novel is no exception. Pretty Boy will be available in early 2020.
Q: How old were you when you wrote your book?
A: I was 19 when I first started, but I deleted everything and started again from scratch at 21. I finished my book aged 22.
Q: Describe your book in three words?
A: Gritty, bold, moving
Q: What inspired you to write your book?
A: I hesitated for a long time before writing Pretty Boy, because I thought the idea was maybe too weird. However, I've always been intrigued by controversial things that stretch social rules and I wanted to write something bold that presents moral questions with no easy answer. Since Pretty Boy covers all that quite well, I eventually realised I just had to write it.
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?
A: Writing has always been my thing. Ever since I was a kid, I've enjoyed coming up with stories, because everything is possible on paper. I love the idea of creating something that has the power to move people.
Some years ago I saw the quote 'Quiet people have the loudest minds', and it stuck with me as I have always been the quiet kid. I think writing is my way of getting my voice out.
Q: When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
A: Besides writing, my other passion is films. I'm currently on a mission to watch all the films that have won an Oscar for Best Picture, but as I'm into all things gothic, horror films are my favourite. I also love drawing and listening to music, mainly metal core. If I'm not in a creative mood, I'm at the gym or learning a new language.
All of the above I do with a cup of coffee, because I can't function without coffee.
Q: Tell us an interesting fact about you.
A: I say that I make decisions based on reason rather than emotion, yet I made the decision to move abroad and pursue a creative career instead of getting a “normal” or secure job when I heard ‘Hall of Fame’ by The Script for the first time.