October 23, 2015: 10 AM to 2 PM: Book Signing of Enchanting The Swan and Some Women I have Known in the William & Mary Bookstore in Williamsburg.

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Come and get your signed copy of two exciting stories!


Article by Heather Bridges of the Virginia Gazette: October 22, 2015:

Virginian author writes novel

with William & Mary ties

Heather Bridges Contact Reporter:

The romance is catalyzed, however, on the campus of The College of William and Mary.

Originally from Holland, Schwartz found a home in Northern Virginia working for the World Bank. Now retired, he began writing fiction three years ago.

Schwartz’ daughter graduated from William and Mary in 1999, and that formed his first connection with the college.

“Enchanting the Swan” relays the story of pianist Paul Cramer and cellist Fiona de Maconville, who meet as graduate students in William and Mary’s music department and fall in love while performing duets at the college.

Schwartz said the novel’s first 10 chapters depict the characters’ growing love in the William and Mary setting.

The plot progresses as the two are forbidden to wed, and Fiona is whisked back to her native Belgium. Paul must then pursue his love, encountering dramatic characters and obstacles along the way.

Schwartz spent time researching at William and Mary’s music department. Some instructors even became part of the novel, including Neal Cary and Tom Marshall.

“Paul and Fiona needed to have a place to get to know each other as students,” Schwartz said. William and Mary’s music department “was the right setting for it,” he said.

On Friday, Schwartz will also sign his first novel “Some Women I Have Known,” which includes vignettes from encounters with Audrey Hepburn, whom Schwartz knew personally.

The William and Mary Bookstore is located at 345 W. Duke of Gloucester St.