The Art of Forgiveness: A Promise of Peace

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Carolyn CJ Jones

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When rejected by her soulmate, the author’s heart is shattered. In response, she slips to near death with her drinking. She is given strength to pick herself up and heal from trauma, rejection, and alcoholism. With the discovery of how to forgive her past, the author shares how she found peace.



Short Summary

In the cockpit of a sailboat docked at a marina in Sausalito, the author is told abruptly by the love of her life that he does not care for her, is just being kind. With a shattered heart, she spends two months drinking to oblivion while not eating. Realizing death is approaching, she prays.


sailboat at a marina in Sausalito/RV van the author rebuilt in cherry wood/an apartment

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Carolyn CJ Jones

Age: 49 to 67

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Desperate,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Insecure,Naive,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Adventurous,Confident,Decisive

Additional Character Details

Name: Soul mate

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Heartthrob,Educated,Strong Moral Code,Secretive,Blunt,Aggressive,Unapologetic,Adventurous,Complex,Outspoken

Additional Character Details

Name: husband

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Educated,Insecure,Sarcastic,Outspoken,Blunt,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Brad

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Selfless,Religious,Modest,Adventurous,Complex,Engaging

About The Author

Carolyn CJ Jones is an International Bestselling author for the book, "The Art of Forgiveness: A Promise of Peace." In addition, her book, "Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing" is a Silver Medal Winner for World Peace. In her forgiveness book, CJ takes us on a journey from great devastation and grief, all while drinking and crying, to the search for and attainment of sobriety. Her story includes trauma as a child, which led to 30 years of resentment, recovery from alcoholism, as well as the grief of an unrequited love. CJ details the process she took from these things to living in a state of gratitude and positivity, at peace and free from resentment.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+,18-34,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Sausalito marina, sailboat tied to dock, anchored sailboat, 12-step meetings, waterfront bar,

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Gate Lady Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available







CJ overcomes 30 years of traumatic breakups and a drinking problem. They then study grief techniques and master forgiveness. Through life examples and academically backed findings, CJ is able to share their wisdom about forgiveness with actionable steps that anyone can follow to find peace.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The profile does somewhat reflect the book although there is more a focus on the wisdom in the narrative rather than a cohesive following of personal CJ's conflicts which is the focus of the profile. The development pitch is good an explaining why the book is marketable but could remove extra information about why there is a need for the book or rearrange to discuss it within the context of an intended audience until after explaining the marketability of the narrative.

Draw of Story

There is a line that says this book could help people who want to shoot someone after an argument. This is a bold claim that the narrative attempts to follow through in teaching forgiveness.

Possible Drawbacks

The breakup between personal narrative and lessons creates an uneven pacing of the conflict. Showing the concepts through a unified narrative and reframing the wisdom as part of the story might help even out the pacing and make the conflict and transformation easier to follow.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that the author had a rough life but was able to find inner peace and is kind of enough to teach others how to do the same. It is an interesting journey to find serenity.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a small but dedicated fanbase within the self-improvement market. It might be hard to show to those in violent conflicts as listening to reason over raw emotion is hard to master in those particularly tense moments. The target audience might vary but it has a selling point.

Awards Potential

This genre is unclear as a self- help story or a drama so it might be hard to categorize for awards.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The originality is the from the self-motivation the main character has to overcome their external conflicts to find inner peace. The inner transformation is quite deep but the second person point of view for the wisdom has less emotional engagement and is without a followable transformation for other characters.

Lead Characters

CJ is a strong, motivated and serene person. Brad is calm and personable. Her ex husband is selfish and hopeless.

Uniqueness of Story

This has some nice concept but can be hard to follow as a character or plot driven narrative. The side characters could have more emotional investment and the themes could be tied into the conflict to even out the pacing.

Possible Formats

Film: Streaming, Indie

Analyst Recommendation



While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

Adding more depth and followable transformation to consistent side characters could help increase their emotional investment as well as show the progress and argument for the main character's wisdom about forgiveness. Integrating the themes into a forward-moving conflict could help quicken the pacing.