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10-second version of Ursula’s bio:
Ursula Wong writes about strong women who battle impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Look for her award-winning debut novel, Purple Trees, and her WW II thrillers Amber Wolf and Amber War at fine online retailers and on her website https://ursulawong.wordpress.com.
Long Version of Ursula’s bio:
Ursula is a retired engineer who writes gripping stories about strong women battling impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, Mystery Reader’s Journal, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies.
Her award-winning debut novel, Purple Trees, and her WW II thrillers Amber Wolf and Amber War are available at fine online retailers and on her website at https://ursulawong.wordpress.com. Her new novel, Amber Widow, matches Eastern European radicals against Russia in a vicious game of nuclear chess. Amber Widow will be available fall 2018.
Purple Trees, exposes a stark side of rural New England life in the experiences of a young woman who struggles for normalcy despite a vicious and hidden past. After losing her parents, Lily Phelps tries to build a future, but her secrets threaten every one she loves. Purple Trees is the second-place winner in the 2015 E-Festival of Words Best Fiction Category.
Ursula taps her Eastern European heritage in the Amber War series of historical fiction. Rich with scenes and legends of Lithuania, the Amber War series casts the turmoil of 1944 into the story of a family torn apart by the Soviet occupation. In Amber Wolf, young Ludmelia Kudirka is destitute after her parents are taken by Russian soldiers, and joins the farmers who trade pitchforks for guns in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine. Amber War begins when WWII is over, but fighting continues in Lithuania as resistance fighters wreak havoc on the Russian army and Soviet military officer Colonel Karmachov resorts to treachery to destroy the tiny yet deadly resistance. Amber Widow, a contemporary novel, begins with a Russian coup and a ruthless new leader who increases the military threat level in Eastern Europe. Fearful that war might be imminent, a desperate band of Lithuanian radicals enacts a plan to detonate nuclear devices to force NATO’s hand and satisfy a long-simmering enmity with Russia, using Ukraine as a pawn in a vicious game of chess.
For more about Ursula and her prize-winning flash fiction stories, visit her Reaching Readers Blog on https://ursulawong.wordpress.com.
Ursula lived and worked on the family dairy farm started by her grandparents, who fled Eastern Europe for a better life in the U.S. After losing her father as a young girl, Ursula overcame poverty and went on to college.
Armed with a degree in physics and an advanced degree in mathematics, Ursula entered the job market when mini-computers were “the new thing.” She designed and delivered solutions that address major business problems in the areas of messaging and security. While all this was going on, Ursula and her husband, Steve, had a beautiful daughter who is now attending college on the west coast.
After decades working in the high tech field, Ursula got out of the biz and decided to take up writing fiction, as it was something she could do regardless of where she and her husband lived. She took a number of courses before getting a few stories published in online fiction magazines. Through writer’s workshops hosted at local public libraries, she found the many friends who continue to help and inspire her.
An adventurous traveler, scuba diver, and hiker, Ursula has been all over the world, and in retirement, continues to travel with her husband, Steve. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell.
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