nice to meet you

I’m john schwartz:
author of romance,
thrilLers, short stories
& reviews of historical



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in short stories & novels,
you’ll meet unforgettable
characters throughout time
and across four continents

About the author


A World War II-kid who still remembers the bombs falling on Holland, John Schwartz wanted to help rebuild the world and followed a career in international trade and economic development in Holland at the Ministry of Economic Affairs; in Switzerland at the GATT/WTO; in the United States at the World Bank as a project manager and senior international consultant, and traveled worldwide. Having completed his share of contributing to bettering society, he has been writing romantic stories. So far, he has published, in 2015, a memoir/coming-of-age story of John van Dorn, Some Women I Have Known, starting with little John (7) driving young Audrey Hepburn (13) in his pony wagon during World War II, and describing his various loves and adventures, until he “matured” and married wisely; and a novel, entitled Enchanting The Swan, a romantic love story about two student-musicians struggling to regain lost love. In non-fiction, he compiled a summary of the thirteen novels, with excerpts, written by his grand-uncle Jozua Marius Willem van der Poorten Schwartz, who wrote under the pseudonym Maarten Maartens at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. The first part, entitled Maarten Maartens RediscoveredThe most popular Dutch Author Abroad, was officially launched at the Maarten Maartens 100-year Commemoration in Holland on September 26, 2015. The second part, Maarten Maartens Rediscovered – His Best Short Stories, is a summarization with excerpts of selected short stories from his four volumes of short stories, as well as a summary of Maartens’ first self-published novel, The Black-Box Murder, a detective. Part II was published in June 2016. John is working on two other novels, one entitled Francine, the Dazzling Miners’ Girl, and a second, entitled Tall Trees Catch a lot of Wind.

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“Everyone knows of Audrey Hepburn, but few of us knew her. John gives us a heartwarming glimpse into her life through his obvious love for her.”

– Amazon review of Audrey: A Personal Short Story

Some Women

I have known

“Paying homage to his great uncle, an ex–World Bank professional makes his debut with a wistful memoir featuring the series of women he encountered in his youth. If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Joost van der Poorten Schwartz (or Maarten Maartens as he was called in publishing circles) scored the jackpot…”
– Kirkus Review

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