Bethan Roberts is known for a string of award-winning novels, including The Pools, Mother Island and My Policeman, the latter of which was turned into the critically-acclaimed Amazon Prime film in 2022 starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin.
Can you tell us about your writing process?
I write first drafts by hand, in my notebook. I find this a good way to give myself permission to write. Handwritten first drafts don’t have to be any good, so you can get words on the page. Then the real work of re-writing begins.
Who and what are your biggest sources of inspiration?
That’s really hard to answer, because it depends what I’m working on. In the past I have found real-life stories a good place to start. Doing research into something can free you from the fear of the blank page, and bring depth and richness to your imagination.
What are you currently working on?
That’s a secret at the moment. I find that I have to keep things to myself for a while. If you expose a story too early it can sort of wither in the light.
What advice would you give to those keen to get started with fiction writing?
Read as much as you can, get some words on the page, and write about whatever fascinates you.