Unwind With... Bethan Roberts, author of My Policeman

What made you want to become a writer?
Reading Enid Blyton, watching the schools’ programme Watch (they showed animated stories with subtitles; I was fascinated by the speech marks!) and listening to my mum, aunt and granny telling stories in the front room after our big Friday lunch. And feeling the need to create my own private world.

How do you relax/switch off?
Watching films or reading novels; I would go for a long walk but my toddler tends to prevent that!

Favourite book?
Claire Keegan’s collection of short stories Walk the Blue Fields takes some beating for me at the moment. I also love Catcher in the Rye, A Room with a View, The Great Gatsby and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Favourite film?
Little Big Man, or pretty much anything Dustin Hoffman made before 1980.

Favourite blog/website?
http://esthercox.blogspot.co.uk/

What's your guilty pleasure?
Spying on the neighbours.

What's the best advice you've ever been given?
Ne’er cast a clout ‘til May is out.

What would be the perfect summer holiday?
If it’s actually warm, it has to be a few days in Edinburgh followed by a few more on the island of Mull.

What are you listening to at the moment?
Joan as Policewoman and Joanna Newsom.

Bethan Roberts is the author of 'My Policeman', for our review of the book click here.