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About The Author

Richard McMaster

My website was inspired by the novel The Voyage of Life and the paintings Voyage of Life, which reside in the National Museum of Art. In my career, I made several trips to Washington, D.C. When I visited the museum and viewed the paintings, I was struck by how well they reflected the stages of our lives.

Anyone looking back on their experiences and the portrayal of paintings will feel we live four different lives–childhood, youth, manhood, and old age. This inspires my novels and screenplays that revolve around life, love, struggles, and triumphs. My platform offers information about the stories, background, research, and discussion and invites comments.

One of my favorite novels about life and love is “This House of Sky” by Ivan Doig. The following story illustrates this. When Ivan Doig was alive, he appeared at numerous bookstore signings for his book, and This House of Sky remained the prime topic of interest among his readers. As he describes one of his book signing experiences, a young woman looked past him to a stack of This House of Sky books and half-whispered as if thinking aloud, “I’ve got to get one of those and give it to my father.” Merely conversing, he asked, “Why? ” thinking maybe her father was a rancher or from Montana.

“No,” she unforgettably said in a choked voice that brought Ivan’s heart to the top of his throat. “Because I love him.”