Relative Strangers Radio: A #Playlist for the Sophie Morgan vampire #books

If I wasn’t a writer, there are a few jobs I think I’d like to do. One of them is developing soundtracks for film. It’s rare that I don’t turn the radio on when driving and think “wow, that would suit that scene” in a film. I love the use of music to suggest emotion and its clever use in film to evoke and era. There is nothing as chilling as a perfectly cheery tune set to spine tingling suspense or violent action, like lift music being played over a zombie attack.

It’s no different with my writing, I’ll be ambling along in a traffic jam or rifling through the clothes rails in a shop when I’ll hear a track and my brain will instantly match it to a scene in my writing project.

Music features a lot in my first book, Relative Strangers, albeit subtly.  From Led Zeppelin on Mickey Kelly’s T-shirt while he works the bar at O’Malleys’ bar, to A Summer Place playing as Sophie finally meets her biggest vampire foe, the music is there. So, while I’m on my blog tour, I thought I’d act as roadie to a few of my favourite bands, and load their gear onto this post.

Switch up the volume on your computer, get your trigger finger ready on your mouse, and listen to some mellow (and distinctly non mellow) song stylings of my Relative Strangers Top 10, the soundtrack to the first Sophie Morgan book.

1. The Platters – Twilight Time Remastered 


2.Peel Tour Own Spuds – I Want You Back “Mash Up”

3. The Percy Faith Orchestra -Theme from a Summer Place

4.The Heavy – How You Like Me Now?

 5.Agnelli & Nelson – Holding On To Nothing

6. Black Lab – Keep Myself Awake

7. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand

8. Back In Baby’s Arms – Patsy Cline

9.No Doubt – Just A Girl

10. Changes – David Bowie

If you like what you hear or just want a good read, don’t forget to buy your copy of Relative Strangers, it’s available in all formats at:





Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
My books are available at all major digital retailers with soft back copies also available from Amazon, Createspace and other stores.
When I’m not writing fiction, I blog at, sharing my experiences of being a busy parent jugging working, writing, and more. Follow me there for my personal insights.


  1. January 30, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Reblogged this on Helen Treharne – Author and commented:

    I love it when I stumble across an old blog post that makes me smile. Music has always played an important part in my life and in the creative process. These are the tunes which inspired, or are inspired by, or indeed actually feature IN Relative Strangers (okay well one does), the first book in the “Sophie Morgan” series. Can you guess which ones inspired or reflect which scene? Which character do they remind you of? It would be very interesting to hear from readers. What music inspires you to write? What music reminds you of those key moments when your world shifted? Hopefully it wasn’t because you stumbled into a vampires nest or anything though… that would just suck!

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