I have had a fascination with Denmark for a couple years and love “Nordic Noir” TV and film. It therefore an obvious choice when I was considering locations for the Sophie Morgan vampire series.
The series kicks off in the West Midlands in England. This is where most of the action happens, except for a spell in Antwerp, Belgium – our heroine, Sophie Morgan, goes there for a weekend and gets more than she bargained for when she gets jumped by a vampire gang. Things don’t get any better when she gets back to England. Eventually she has enough and moves back to her small hometown in Wales, hoping for a quieter life. If you haven’t already guessed – I love locations. They are all places I’ve lived or visited – except for the fictionalised town of Bethel and its suburb – they’re composites of a couple of towns I know.
So where does Denmark fit in? A key thing which informs Sophie’s choices is her relationship with her father, or lack of it. She has never met him. She doesn’t know that much about him either. She only knows that her parents met on a school exchange to Copenhagen. Little does she know the horror that her father experienced in Denmark at the hands of a vampire.
I can’t give away too many spoilers, but Sophie’s Danish father makes an appearance in the second Sophie Morgan book, Death in the Family, which will be released on Valentine’s Day. In this instalment, we find out more about her parents relationship and their time in Copenhagen, as well as how her father came to disappear.
It was wonderful to have an opportunity to use this plot point to share my love of Denmark. I imagined myself as Sophie’s teenage mother, Julie, experiencing the city for the first time – hanging out in its cafes and bars, taking in the museums and the beautiful architecture. I visited Copenhagen last Easter when I was in the early stages of writing and completely fell in love with the city. I feel a short story or novella in me somewhere which tells the story of Julie Morgan and Kasper Andersen in more detail.
In the meantime, I should probably think of other places I’d like to go for writing inspiration. New Orleans or Nashville feel like good starting points, Berlin maybe. If you are a writer, what’s your favourite location? I’d love to hear from you.
Helen Treharne is the creator of the developing “Sophie Morgan Vampire Series” as well as short stories and other prose. Helen lives with her husband, three cats, an entrenched tea addiction and an increasing collection of stringed instruments. When she’s not writing she spends her time daytime hours working in communications and volunteers for a feline welfare charity. She also runs a very successful book blog, reviewing and promoting the work of other indie authors. She also can’t stop purchasing stationery. She can be found at her blog, Facebook page and on Twitter