Win a copy of the Irish-American novel “Dolphin Song”
“The song of the dolphins”, an Irish novel written by American Tom Richards, recalls your fondest memories of Ireland while delivering a message of hope.
The recently released romantic fantasy story has captured the attention of readers around the world and this holiday season we have copies of the spellbinding tale for ten lucky readers at IrishCentral.
For a chance to win a copy of “Dolphin Song” by Tom Richards, simply complete the contest form below:
Tom talks to IrishCentral about his novel Dolphin Song and the message he hopes readers will take away from it.
Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and your bestselling novel “Dolphin Song”?
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, but moved to Ireland in 1982 and was inspired by my surroundings on the Beara Peninsula to write Song of the dolphins.
The novel follows Bostonian Dawn McCarthy, whose life is shattered by a profound double tragedy when her Irish husband Michael, drowns in a boating accident off the southwest coast of Ireland. As their only child, Jason, who witnessed his father’s death, is diagnosed with traumatic mutism and retreats to a silent world of his own.
Dawn returns with Jason to the isolated Irish fishing village of Kilcastle where her husband had lived and died. There, along the rugged Irish coast, she hopes to find a cure for her son. When all seems lost, the sudden appearance of a wild dolphin gives new hope.
The most important thing about the book is the involvement of Liam O’Neill, who encouraged me to take up my pen and share the world of Dolphin Song. He was an Irish-American director / producer and my best friend. We were both born just two miles from each other in Chicago, Liam in 1956 and I in 1955. Six months older than me, he called me the old man.
Liam and I had to move to Ireland to meet and we did it by accident. I’ve always thought that all of the above was more than a coincidence. Liam was the brother I had never had as well as my best friend. He sadly passed away from Covid-19 in May 2020 and Dolphin song has become a cherished novel that reminds me of the friendship and memories with had together.
What inspired you to write âDolphin Songâ?
A number of things, first of all this area in which the novel takes place is so isolated. Dawn, the protagonist, must listen to herself in order to heal and the Beara Peninsula is the perfect place to do it. In the book, Dawn embarks on a cruise to a distant island – a sort of paradise called Solas Mor, in Irish “Place of the Sun”. In fact, the island is in fact Skellig Michael, an ancient place of Irish legend. This is why there is a legend in a key part of the book: The Legend of Solas Mor. To say more would be a spoiler.
What is the main message you hope readers will take away from the book?
It’s right on the cover: “Is it possible to love someone so completely that they never die?” You see, many who bought this tale did so because they lost a loved one or loved ones. If you are Catholic like I am, or indeed most other religions, the message is more than simple: if you have lost someone “they are here, right here”.
The miracle in Dolphin song and the message it contains is that those who are dead live much longer than forever. They are here – right here. All you have to do is reach out and take their hand, or talk to them because they really understand.
What was your writing ritual like while you were creating âDolphin Songâ?
People often ask me how to write a book, whatever it is. The best way is to literally put your “ass on a chair” as they say here and write! It’s all about discipline.
What is the reaction to “The song of the dolphins” been like?
The story captured the attention of readers around the world and was incredibly successful in reaching # 1 for new releases on Amazon US for 30 consecutive days.
Your next novel, “Always Come Home” is a psychological thriller coming out next year. Can you tell us a bit more about what readers can expect from this book?
No! It’s a secret. But there is a sequel to Dolphin Song that will be released in late spring 2022. It’s called “Misplaced Lovers”. A sort of combination of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Peter Pan. As this book is a comedy and contains a play within a play like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is written in Iambic Pentameter exactly as Shakespeare used it.