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G. Christopher Matthews

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Grant Martin tries to repair emotional imbalances in his marriage to Carrie. During their trip to Milan, Italy, a calamitous incident upends Grant's life. He needs to overcome psychological and physical challenges on his journey to self-discovery and redemption.



Short Summary

Grant Martin resolves to find emotional balance in his marriage. However, the tragic death of his wife in Milan changes all that. Suddenly, he is faced with the challenge of discovering a different path to redemption and wholeness.

Through his interaction with an array of people and circumstances in Charleston, South Carolina, Grant realizes ways in which he restore emotional balance and love in his life.


Bryan, Ohio; Milan, Italy; Charleston, South Caroline

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Grant Martin

Age: 60s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Romantic,Funny,Masculine,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: Carrie Martin

Age: 60s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Gracious,Educated,Sexy,Skillful,Funny,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Maddie Brisson

Age: 70s

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Educated,Honorable,Religious,Selfless,Outspoken,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Tensie Akers

Age: 80s

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Outspoken,Religious,Uneducated,Modest

Development Pitch

"Demption" is a cinematic novel that uses the captivating backdrops of such diverse cities as Milan, Italy and Charleston, South Carolina, to dramatize the journey of Grant Martin for emotional balance in his marriage to his attractive and accomplished wife, Carrie. A tragic event in Milan changes the trajectory of Grant's life dramatically and compels him to discover balance in his life in ways he could not have imagined. Realistic dialogue and accurate descriptions move the story along in ways that keep the reader interested, especially with the array of people and circumstances that Grant encounters and engages along his journey. I believe this kind of story would lend itself readily to a screen adaptation that would interest those producing it as well as those bringing it to life through the interesting characters that populate the novel.

About The Author

A former college president, G. Christopher Matthews has traveled to all 50 states and many parts of Europe. He has also lived in South Africa. His favorite places to live are Charleston, South Carolina and now Seattle, Washington. At home he enjoys cooking with wine--and sometimes even adds it to the food. He also enjoys do-it-yourself projects, acrylic painting and pursuing an elusive hole-in-one on the links. Otherwise, he can be found "drumming up mischief" with his four-year old grandson, Sean.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Universal,Other

Group Specific

People interested in emotional challenges and psychological nuances in marriage; people seeking greater insight into effects of abuse; and people interested in interplay between men and women.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self published

Year Published: September, 2020

Hard Copy Available