Events

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Upcoming Events

On March 6, 2017, I’ll be discussing “Women in War” at the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster, Ma. I’ll also be reading from Amber Wolf, my new thriller about a young woman coming of age during the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe in 1944.

On April 12 at 11 am and April 13 at 7pm, I’ll be giving a talk on Amber Wolf at the Hudson Library in Hudson, MA. The event is free and open to the public. Come hungry, there will be Lithuanian treats to enjoy.

On June 17, 2017, I’ll be with my associates from TheStoryside writers consortium to discuss our experience forming a business focused on writing and marketing our books. Join us at 10:30 at the Thayer Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster MA.

 I’ll be offering a 7-week course over viewing the end-to-end process of writing, publishing, and marketing a book in “From Idea to Printed Page.” The course begins in January, 2017 and is sponsored by the Seven Bridges Writer’s Collaborative in Lancaster, Ma. Stay tuned for details.

Synopsis:  The purpose of this course is to discuss the work needed to go from an idea, to a finished novel. This course will help if you have asked yourself any of these questions:

  • How do I develop an idea into a novel?
  • How do I know if my idea is good enough?
  • Who can help me with my writing?
  • Will everyone hate my book?
  • I can edit my own work. Why should I hire an editor?
  • I can’t afford to hire an editor. What should I do?
  • Should I try to find an agent or go “indie”?
  • There’s so much work involved with self-publishing. How can I possibly do it all by myself?
  • Now that my book is done, what do I do to market it?

Join us for practical information you can apply immediately to your writing projects.

Past Events

I was with Dale T. Phillips on Saturday, 15 October 2016 at the Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster, Ma., 10:30 – 12:30, discussing publishing options in “The Pros and Pitfalls of Modern Publishing solutions.”  Join us for this FREE event, as the discussion will be informative and lively.

Synopsis: Whether you are writing a novel or have already finished one, spend a few hours with us reviewing the spectrum of publishing solutions available for your book. We’ll discuss the pros and pitfalls of traditional publishing, small press, partnering with collectives, vanity press, and “do it yourself” options. Manuscript readiness, editing, contracts, revenue, and what writers can expect from each solution will be included in the comparisons. Finally, we’ll touch on goals and how to decide the best solution for your book.

Thayer Memorial Library in Lancaster to host Ursula Wong

Posted May 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM (http://bolton.wickedlocal.com/article/20160525/NEWS/160527703)
Updated May 25, 2016 at 9:22 AM

The Thayer Memorial Library will host Ursula Wong for a presentation on “Purple Trees” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 6, Dexter Thayer Room, 717 Main St., Lancaster.

Wong has a reputation for writing about strong women, focusing her novels on women who thrive, despite the odds against them. This presentation will discuss “Purple Trees,” her debut novel, which is set on a Massachusetts farm in the 1960s and ‘70s, and is the story of a naïve girl who loses her parents to illness, and must grow up fast to survive and build a future.

Wong grew up on a small family dairy farm near the Quabbin Reservoir and went on to become a high-tech engineer. After retiring, she turned to writing fiction. Her stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler magazine and the Insanity Tales anthologies.

Mill No. 5, Lowell

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Contact:

Emilie-Noelle Provost, Editor
Merrimack Press
512 Media Inc.
P.O. Box 867
Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 685-3690
eprovost@mvmag.net
MerrimackPress.com

MERRIMACK PRESS AND MILL NO. 5 ANNOUNCE SECOND AUTHOR READING AND SINGING EVENT

DECEMBER 2015, LOWELL, MASS.— Merrimack Press, an imprint of Methuen, Mass.-based 512 Media Inc., publisher of Merrimack Valley Magazine, together with Mill No. 5 in Lowell, Mass., announce the second event in their monthly author reading and book signing series, which takes place on Thursday evenings. The event will feature UMass Lowell professor and author David Daniel, along with co-authors Vlad V., Rob Smales and Ursula Wong, who will read excerpts from their short story collection Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear (Sept. 2015, Books and Boos Press) in the Victorian Lounge at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St., Fourth Floor, in Lowell, Mass., on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase copies of the book and have them signed by the authors.

The public is invited to attend free of charge.

UMass Lowell

On December 3, I I’ll be at the Women’s Works Holiday Art and Craft fair on 3 December at UMass Lowell University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell. Hours are from 2-7. I’d love to see you there.

Tatnuck Booksellers

Click to see a video of Ursula at Tatnuck Booksellers.

Thanks to Jan Greene and Tatnuck Booksellers, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad Vaslyn, and I had the pleasure of speaking as invited guests at open mic night on 25 June.  Scroll down for pictures.

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Dale read his award-winning mystery story published in the Rogue Wave anthology.

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Vlad Vaslyn read the first few pages from his eerie tale, The Button.

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And I talked about Purple Trees. What else?

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Chelmsford Library

I was pleased to join other authors in the Chelmsford Library Local Author’s Event on 13 June. Scroll down for photos.

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Laura Marshall discussed the Society of Independent Publishers and Authors (SIPA).

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Ursula Wong talked about her debut novel, Purple Trees.

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Ianna Hondros-McCarthy talked about mindfulness and Buddhism in Stickier Rice, Clearer Purpose.

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Leslie Koresky talked about her new release on bullying, Audrey’s Garden.

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MarcyKate Connolly spoke about her middle grade fantasy novel, Monstrous.

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Rev. Paula Richards spoke about the personal journey chronicled in The Journey of Spirit Rising.

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Richard Hollman spoke about his sci-fi trilogy, A Lowell Story.

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Peabody Institute Library

On Sunday, June 4, 2015, 7:30 pm, I’ll be with other local authors at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, Ma., discussing mystery, romance, horror, history and more over light refreshments. Click here for a writeup with pictures, by Dale Phillips.

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Annie’s Book Stop

On Sunday, March 22, 1-3 pm,  I’ll be at Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St., Worcester, Ma., with Stacey Longo, Dale Phillips, and David Daniel, signing and selling Insanity Tales. Take a look at our promotional interview and join us if you can.

New Hampshire Writer’s Project 3-Minute Fiction SLAM Contest

On Monday, March 2, 2015, I had the pleasure of hosting with judges James Patrick Kelly and Michael Charney, the New Hampshire Writer’s Project 3-Minute Fiction SLAM for the Nashua area at Fody’s Tavern. Jennifer Valentine won the event with a lovely story called “Love of the Keeper.”  Scroll down for some photos courtesy Mary Johnson…

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Our winner smiling post-event.

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Judge Michael Charney taking a photo of our contestants Jennifer Valentine, Mary Marchese, Wendy Jensen, Marc Woods, and Kathy Boss.

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James Patrick Kelly and Michael Charney looking like esteemed judges.

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Here I am, blabbing about something or other.

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 2-6 pm, I’ll be at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell, MA, participating in a special event called Women’s Works: A Celebration of the Creativity of Women.

On Thursday, December 4, 2014, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, I’ll be signing books at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua, NH.

Second Annual Local Authors Fair will be held at the Groton Public Library Sun., Nov 16th, 1-3:30, 99 Main Street, Groton, MA. I hope to see you there.

Thurs., Nov, 13 7:00, 1 S. Common St. Topsfield, MA. I’ll be signing books at the Local Author’s Night at the Topsfield Library. Join me if you can.

On Saturday, October 11, I’ll be interviewed on Sci-Fi Saturday Night with Insanity Tale authors David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, and Vlad V.

On October 4, I’ll be at the New England Book Fair at the Methuen Library. The event goes from 1-4. Stop in a say hello.

On Saturday, 27 September, I’ll be with Joe Ross from Rosstrum Publishing at the Merrimack Better Business Fair at Merrimack High School.

On 27 September, I’ll be interviewed with David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, and Vlad V. on SciFi Saturday night.  Their link is: here.

On 20 September, Connie Johnson Hambley’s booksigning at the New England Mobile Book Fair was a huge success. Connie’s book is Charity    Photos from the event are here.

I had the pleasure of attending the Author’s Fair at the Haverhill Library on 16 August along with many local authors. Take a look at the pictures posted by Dale T. Phillips.

On 30 July, 2014, I’ll be at the New England Author’s Expo in Danvers, Massachusetts.

On June 20, I was pleased to be part of a guest post on Susan Kaye Quinn’s blog. As a prominent independent author, she showcases as wealth of ideas and information.

I was interviewed by Dale Phillips about the evolution and writing of Purple Trees. A transcript of the discussion is here.

I am overjoyed to announce that my first novel, Purple Trees, is now available as an e-book on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. My heartfelt thanks to Genretarium Publishing for making this happen.

I won the regional contest for the Flash Fiction Slam Contest held at Fody’s Tavern in Nashua, N.H., sponsored by the New Hampshire Writer’s Project.  The event was held on 7 February, 2014. See the links for details and pictures.

A short story called “A Rustle in the Leaves” was published by Every Day Fiction on 1/26/2014.  At under 1000 words, it’s a quick read.  Let me know if you like it.

A short story called “Whips on Fire” was published by Spinetingler Magazine on August 12, 2012.  I’d love seeing your comments.


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