Rick Neumayer
Greetings, Fellow Book Lovers,

By now, I had hoped to be starting a book tour to promote my debut novel, Journeyman, which is available at the website of my publisher Fleur-de-Lis Press, and the other booksellers listed below. Sadly, with the world plagued as it is by the coronavirus, that is not possible. So, I am safely sheltering at home in Louisville with my wife. Meanwhile, what better way to pass the time than by reading books? I hope one of your choices is Journeyman and that you enjoy it. Be careful out there.

All the best,
Rick Neumayer

Journeyman available at Carmichael's Bookstore         Journeyman available at Barnes & Noble         Journeyman available at Amazon
“Two intrepid young men set out from Kentucky to retrace the westward peregrinations of Kerouac and Cassady. Journeyman propels us through these misadventures as though we were along for the ride.”

- Ed McClanahan
Author of The Natural Man
“A timeless tale of youth striving to define not only itself but the world it inhabits. Honest, funny, and heartbreaking. Delivers everything a reader could wish for--action, characters who are convincing and engaging, and ideas worth pondering.”

- Sena Jeter Naslund
Author of Ahab’s Wife, Sherlock in Love, Four Spirits
“Immerses the reader viscerally in the America of 1970–71. A moving and provocative story of initiation during a time not unlike our own.”

- K. L. Cook
Author of The Art of Disobedience
Rick Neumayer
Rick Neumayer

  I am a Louisville native and have lived here all my life, except for four years in California. Although a teacher by trade, I have had a variety of experiences, including traveling abroad and studying in Scotland, Spain, and Ireland.

In college I worked as a journalist, summer interning at the Courier-Journal & Louisville Times and then for two years was a part-time reporter for The Park City Daily News in Bowling Green. In 1971, I hitchhiked across the country with a friend, an experience which inspired Journeyman. Later that year, I married my wife, whom I had met in the teacher’s lounge of a junior high while subbing.

After a year as a food stamp social worker, I went back to grad school and later took a job at Jeffersonville High, where I spent the next three decades until retiring from teaching in 2004. I also taught writing part-time at both the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community College, co-edited River City Review literary magazine, reviewed books for The Louisville Courier-Journal, and began winning a few contests and publishing short fiction in small literary magazines.

Somehow I found time to indulge interests in classic private eye mystery fiction (creating a series of my own still in progress), scuba diving, mini-marathoning, and weightlifting. I also love music and sang in the glee club at Male High. Following my daughter’s birth, I became lead singer and front man for a local cover band. For the next fifteen years I spent weekends and some nights singing classic rock and blues at bars and weddings. That exhilarating experience led to co-writing hundreds of original songs and eventually full-length Broadway-style musicals, three of which have been produced (see videos below). Others are in the works.

David and Bathsheba

A musical drama by Rick Neumayer, David Sisk & Bill Corcoran

“The biblical story of David and Bathsheba has it all: bravery, intrigue, love, betrayal and retribution... A huge evening of family entertainment”

--Greg Gapsis, Jeffersonville Evening News


The story of Israel’s greatest king and warrior, who as author of the Psalms also is its greatest poet and song writer. From the young shepherd boy’s stone-flinging victory over Goliath to his consuming desire for the tempting Bathsheba, the show blends memorable music, a dramatic love story to wring the hardest heart, and a smattering of comedy.

Cast size: 12 Principal characters: 8 Men, 4 Women; 4-8 Chorus members.

Original songs: You Will Adore Us, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Goliath’s Challenge, What Does It Take To Be A Wife, A Mighty Fall, My King, Half Full, Let’s Sing About Love, Make Up A Rhyme, Out Of My Mind Over You, How Do I Say No, What Is Love, My Baby and Me, End Of The Story

Mark Twain On The River

A musical comedy fantasy by Bill Corcoran & Rick Neumayer

“The haunting number “A Pap Has a Job to Do” is filled with minor chords and roaring arpeggios that sound like crashing waves.... fast-paced, with quality songs and interesting choreography...”

--Sherry Deatrick, Louisville Eccentric Observer


A bankrupt city is about to turn its floating theatre into a casino when Mark Twain miraculously appears. This is a musical fantasy about miracles, fathers and sons, and love’s redemptive power. Some scenes have a familiar charm, but it’s a brand-new story that will surprise and delight a broad audience of all ages, but especially those who love Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Among others, the ensemble cast includes Twain, Tom, Huck, Aunt Polly, Pap Finn, Jim, Becky Thatcher, and Judge Thatcher.

Cast size: 13 Principal characters: 7 Men, 6 Women; 2-8 Chorus members depending on the pragmatism and ingenuity of the director. A full piano/conductor score is available. Digitally orchestrated rehearsal and/or performance tracks can be provided.

Original songs
: River Boat Show, Send Me A Sign, All You Need Is Vision, Missouri Forget It, A Pap Has A Job To Do, Engaged, Free Free Free, I’ll Never Tell, You Do What You Gotta Do, The Ohio, What Would Mister Twain Do,v A Big Disgrace, It’s True It’s True, Nobody Told Me, No More Dancin’ Shows

Little Bear of the Miami:
The Frances Slocum Story

A musical drama by Bill Corcoran & Rick Neumayer

The true story of a young Quaker girl, who was abducted from her family and raised as the daughter of a Miami chief in Indiana.


Little Bear is s a tale of adventure, love and the triumph of the human spirit. It will appeal to a broad audience of all ages, but especially to lovers of historical fiction and those who believe that women and men can endure and prevail over life’s most arduous challenges. The play also focuses on the brutal and unjust treatment of Native Americans and the senselessness of war.

Cast size: 17 Principal characters: 10 Men, 5 Women, 2 Children; & Chorus

Original songs: Night Sky, Story Game, Red Hair White Skin, Hear Us Great Spirit, Twelve Skies Only One Sacred, Beautiful, Mostly Men Are Useless, White Man Must Pay, Save The People, Days Of The Sun, Legend of Little Bear, My Life My Land
R&D - Later Than You Think   R&D - It's Always About You
Samples:   Samples:
Caribbean Cats   Fathers and Daughters
Cosmic Solution   Come On
© Rick Neumayer and David Sisk
All songs written by Rick Neumayer & David Sisk
All vocals by Rick Neumayer, all instruments played by David Sisk
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