Characters: Novelyne Cavendish

Blood TradeNovelyne Cavendish is a two hundred year old vampire who works as a secretary in Sin City Detective Agency. I really didn’t want this book to have a “good” vampire. The whole basis of the book is that vampires are bad. However, Novelyne is at least trying to be good– to go “vegetarian.”

Novelyne’s last name is Cavendish because I wanted her to be distantly related to Xochitl, so an Irish surname seemed the best way to express that. Her first name I have been saving for a long time to use on a character. I originally heard the name as the friend of Conan creator Robert E. Howard– Novalyne Price Ellis. I changed the spelling as an in-joke… because she’s a character in a novel.

Novelyne is short and blond, both because I wanted to play against the usual vampire type, but also because I was thinking about how people two hundred years ago were for the most part smaller. I also gave her a little catch phrase of her own– “He’s really, really nice. I really, really like him.”

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