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Ian Palmer is an architect who appears in most of the story as a middle-aged man. He's had a successful career, working his way to a prestigious position with a large architecture firm. His personal life, however, has been less than stellar. He married the wrong woman for the wrong reasons, and the marriage ended after he discovered his wife had cheated on him. Now Ian's life is about to change. He has a second chance with Gillian, his long-lost love, but his new-found happiness will soon be put to the test. As new challenges come his way, Ian struggles to balance Gillian, parenthood, and his career, which is about to come to an unexpected and untimely end.
Ian also appears in this story as a young man. During the flashback chapters readers will see him as an outgoing but ambitious college student who, just by chance, happens to meet Gillian, the girlfriend of one of his classmates. The two quickly become friends, and, after Gillian's relationship with Ryan ends, they'll become more than friends. Unfortunately, Ian's ambition and desire to succeed will be their undoing, at least the first time around. It's this younger Ian who was inspired by someone I once knew.
Of course, Ian Palmer isn't his real name. I chose the name "Ian" for this character because I wanted to pay homage to another author and storyteller, Ian Fleming, a man whose work really was ahead of its time. I also happen to like the name Ian. I think it's a very sexy name, and when you want to create a sexy leading man you have to give him a sexy name, right? As for the name, "Palmer," I simply pulled it out of the air. I wanted a name that was fairly common, so that readers would feel comfortable with him and want to connect. I also gave him a different physical description and hometown than his real-life counterpart.
Does the real Ian know about The Reunion? Somehow I doubt it. We lost touch with one another years ago. but if he ever should hear about The Reunion, I hope he'll like it, and I hope he'll take the Ian character as the complement he is meant to be.