Tom Dirsa


Born and raised in New England. This Cape Cod lad headed west in 1959 and never looked back. Retired in 2005 as an educator and basketball coach. Currently working on a number of children's books, an autobiography for my grandchildren, and my adventures as a basketball coach. Travel has always been high on the agenda of things to do. A trip back to the tip of Cape Cod brought back numerous memories and adventures. A recent trip to Hawaii for our 45th anniversary was a major highlight for 2015. Our second children's book called Fishing Lessons for Grandpa was published in September 2015 and has been as high as 12th on's Children Books at
Our first children's book called Sweaty Eyes is available at

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything written by Lee Child I love his character Jack Reacher. I also enjoy the way Clive Cussler mixes history into his stories. But, my favorite author has to be Ernest Hemingway as I can relate to his story The Old Man & the Sea having grown up along the coast.
What do you read for pleasure?
Recently I have been reading Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan for pure escape reading. I also have read the Martian, which I consider one of the best Scifi stories written in the past fifty years, then my Cousin's wife Judy Dutra's story The Fisherman's Ball, The Grads are Playing Tonight a story about the best basketball team to ever play the game. I like to read about the past and novels that combine the past and how it affects us today rate high on my list.
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Where to find Tom Dirsa online

Where to buy in print


The Breakwater
Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Life stages / adolescence, Nonfiction » General reference » Bibliographies & indices
A trip back in time on Cape Cod. Winner of the Writing Contest for the Spring 2012 issue of Ocean Magazine.
Lucky, A Whale of a Tale!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,920. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Earth Sciences / Oceanography, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
What happens to a newly born Right Whale born in the North Atlantic and what can be done to ensure her survival? This book has been updated and revised Jan 2016.
The LAST One!
Price: Free! Words: 660. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » healthy living, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
A short story about ending a habit and starting a hobby. First published in the 2006 Winter Issue of The Collector Edition magaizine.

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