After completing an international career taking him around the world, John Schwartz has been publishing romantic and thriller short stories, a memoir coming--of--age story, and a romantic novel. He is finishing a third novel about a bright MBA graduate who rises to the top of a mining conglomerate.
"Some Women I Have Known" (published in May 2015) was inspired by a bet with a cousin, Anne, that they could write as well as their great-uncle Josua van der Poorten Schwartz, who wrote in English and became famous around the 19th/20th century under the pen name of Maarten Maartens. One of his volumes of short stories was titled "Some Women I have Known." The objective of the cousins was to write stories about the women they had met, borrowing their uncle's title. When Anne died, John wrote it by himself. The bet is still on.
The title of the novel "Enchanting The Swan" (also published in 2015) was born at a writing retreat with Michael Neff. The story of the two main characters, a pianist and a cellist, grew from the author's love of playing piano and listening to chamber music, his aversion to conformism in nobility and their greed, a world with which the author is quite familiar, and his dislike of overbearing men and women.
Interested in deepening his knowledge of his great-uncle's authorship, John summarized his thirteen novels and four volumes of short stories, using the author's own writing. Part I (The Novels) was published in August 2015 under the title "Maarten Maartens Rediscovered - The most Popular Dutch Author Abroad," and Part II (His Best Short Stories) in May 2016.