Friday, October 28, 2011
Lance Rizzello is a character in Blood Trade. I loved writing Lance because in a book filled with evil vampires, he's completely human and more evil than any of them. Lance is a dirty cop, working part time as an enforcer for the mob, and working all the time for himself. Everything is about power and obligation with Lance. Who owes him a favor? Who does he owe? Everybody is afraid of him, from the baddest pimps and drug dealers to Xochitl, and with good reason.
I almost never change a character name after I start writing, but Lance went through a series of first and last names. First I changed his name because it was the same as a character in a movie (that I hadn't seen), and then I changed because it was too close to a character in a story a friend was writing. Then I changed it because it wasn't right. In the end though, I don't think Lance's name is that important. He's a strong enough character no matter what his name is.