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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Blair Schwend  

Pen Name: Charles Schwend

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1939 in Highland, Illinois

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Charles was born and resided in Highland, Illinois until joining the U. S. Navy in 1956. He lived in Collinsville, Illinois for four years while stationed in St. Louis, Mo. He returned to Illinois in 1971 to where he still lives near Marine, Illinois. Retiring from the U. S. Navy in 1975 he attended college at SIU-E Edwardsville, Illinois. He taught for Belleville Area College, Belleville, Illinois and Scott AFB, Illinois. At one time he owned a photography studio in Marine, IL. , and an insurance agency in Fairview Heights, IL. Retiring from Illinois state employment he now enjoys writing, wine/cordial making, mushroom horiculture and gardening. Schwend is also the editor of the book "Words To Read, A Collection of Short Stories", an anthology from the Highland League of Writers.

Biographical and Professional Information

Served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. Some of the many positions held were B26 (JD-1) crew member; Foreign Nationals Recruiter under the U.S. State Department; U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Recruiter for the Far East; U.S. Navy Liaison to the U.S. Army; Casualty Control and Enlisted Personnel Distributor, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet. Co-founded the Highland League of Writers Group, Highland, Illinois. Taught at Belleville Area College, Belleville, Illinois and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.


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Dragon Dreams
ISBN: 193560516X

Black Rose Writing. 2010

A beautiful young woman

An intimidating old man

An ugly dragon

A mysterious sword

A mythology from the dawn of time. All challenge the sanity of an unwilling young sailor selected as the leader of a secret organization that is over 2000 years old. While stationed at an old Kamikaze base, he saves an old man, with a secret life, from a frozen river. His valiant rescue empowers him by ancient mandate, to become the Master of the White Ninja, a position he does not understand, nor want. A tapestry of myth, love, danger and death, Dragon Dreams will capture an open mind in a novel of historical fact and mythology.

Gulag #7: The Authorized Biography of Karl Heinz Lawrenz
ISBN: 1612961460

Black Rose Writing. 2012

Gulag #7 is a gritty account of Karl Heinz Lawrenz's life from birth in Pomerania, Germany, through his retirement at Highland, Illinois, USA. In 1943, at the age of 15, Karl was captured by the Russians while trying to escape their advancing front and was sent to a Siberian Gulag. There he almost died several times. This is his account of his survival, return to his family, immigration to the United States and finally his retirement in Highland, Illinois, USA.