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Novelist Ursula Wong writes about strong women. Her award-winning debut novel, Purple Trees, and her second novel, Amber Wolf, both portray women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams.
Ursula is a retired engineer who writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies.
Her award-winning novel, 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 grows up fast to find work and build a future, but her secrets threaten every one she loves, and even her very life.
Ursula taps her Eastern European heritage in her upcoming WW II novel, Amber Wolf. Destitute after her parents are taken by Russian soldiers, young Ludmelia Kudirka joins the farmers who trade pitchforks for guns in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine. Rich with scenes and legends of Lithuania, Amber Wolf gets the turmoil of 1944 into the story of a family torn apart by the Soviet occupation.
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 and the Bolsheviks for a better life in the U.S. After losing her father as a young girl, Ursula overcame poverty and went on to become a high tech engineer. An adventurous traveler, scuba diver, and hiker, Ursula writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies available on Amazon and other fine booksellers.
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 adult education 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.
Purple Trees was Ursula’s first novel. She tapped vignettes from her childhood, as well as capturing the harrowing experiences of women she knew.
Her second novel, Amber Wolf, began with a manuscript she found among her uncle’s possessions after he died. It told of the 1944 Soviet invasion of Lithuania. Inspired by this tale of farmers who decided to fight for their freedom, Ursula began a journey to find not only the truth, but to gain a sense of life during that time. After years of research and writing, Ursula created her own story of a young woman who meets tragedy at the hands of the Soviets, and goes on to find the strength she needs in order to survive.
Ursula’s legion of readers who follow her monthly super-short stories continues to grow. If you are interested in joining Reaching Readers to receive tiny tales guaranteed to surprise and inspire, sign up at Ursula’s website https://ursulawong.wordpress.com.
Fun Facts about Ursula:
In high school, Ursula thought it wasn’t fair that the girls didn’t have a track team, so she lobbied and joined the boy’s team. While she never ran a 5-minute mile, she finished every race, and earned a varsity letter.
An enthusiastic traveler, Ursula has been all over the world, and in retirement, continues to travel with her husband, Steve.
An accomplished cook, Ursula enjoys providing meals for the volunteers working at Habitat for Humanity in the area of Lowell, Massachusetts.