Introducing the Characters of The Light Side of the Moon: Ian

11539630_830158820406154_7842123856332161229_nIn Other Systems: On June 11, 3062:  decedents from an Earth colony, land on Earth seeking healthy, intelligent, young people willing to immigrate to their utopian colony. Ian was one of the chosen, but his parents convinced him to stay behind.

Character dossier of Ian Whitlatch

Portrait of Ian, age 19, at his graduation
Portrait of Ian at his graduation by me, Elizabeth Guizzetti

Ian Marcus Weaver Whitlatch is the only child of a doctor and the manager of a charity soup kitchen in Salisbury. Dad helps everyone whether they can pay or not. Mum doesn’t take a salary for her work instead donates her time to feed the impoverished.At the beginning of the novel, his parents employ two domestics: Ian’s tutor Mr. McKay and Ms. Blacksmith the housekeeper and cook.

Note: For the Other System’s Universe, they are upper middle class, however, their lifestyle for the average family in today’s world, they would be lower-middle class. For example: like most people on Earth at this time, they don’t own a car. Since Dad’s clinic and Mum’s Soup Kitchen is across the back garden, they also generally have no need of one.

Parents: Grace Alice Teague. Weaver, Royce Xavier Langly Whitlatch  No Siblings.

Education: Home Tutor until age fifteen, then Oxford undergraduate studies and Oxford Medical School

Personality: The Good: Respects every person, doesn’t believe in violence, hard worker, kind-hearted

The Good that hurts him: Unfaltering idealism which presents as pretentiousness

The Bad: Judges by outer beauty, doesn’t always get along with his parents, can be self-absorbed

Other: Shy

Description Excerpt

Age 13

Ian yanked off his apron and washed his hands. The cut was deep, but not bad enough to show Dad. Pressing a handkerchief to the wound, he scrutinized himself in the mirror and tucked in his shirt. An angry pimple had formed between his nostril and cheek creating a splotchy mess of reddened freckled ivory. Ugh. Even when his skin was clear, his nose was too big. Mum always said he had Dad’s handsome looks. That was unfortunate for them both.

He hated himself even more when he greeted the guest. As with all Kiposians he’d seen, the woman had perfect brown skin, dark hair, and deep liquid sable eyes. Her full brown lips surrounded her pristine white teeth. Mesmerizing smells of honeysuckle emanated from her.

“Hello, my name is Willow Tyrell, executive officer of the Evimero. You must be Ian,” she said with a strange, but not unappealing, lilt. She put out her hand. Ian remembered they still shook hands on Kipos, so he clasped it. Then bowed.

“Uh, yes.” He motioned to the parlor door behind him. “Please come in.”


The Light Side of the Moon FinalDue to overpopulation, lack of natural resources, no public education, and a surplus of political bickering, Earth is a cesspool and our solar system’s colonies have failed. Nevertheless, outside our solar system, exploration has thrived.

Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Industrialists reconstruct the colony, but struggle to turn a profit while encouraging scientific discovery.

Brimming with hope despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. On roads fraught with danger, she discovers Earth is a bigger place than she ever imagined, but Serenitatis is little more than a prison colony. Ella forges unlikely friendships with corrupted androids and the quixotic prison doctor, Ian Whitlatch, who champions equality and rights for inmates. Amid corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs precariously in the balance.

Coming soon in paperback and ebook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and IBooks.

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