About Ursula

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10-second version of Ursula’s bio:

Ursula Wong writes about strong women who struggle against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Look for her award-winning debut novel, Purple Trees, and her WW II thriller, Amber Wolf, at fine online retailers and on her website at https://ursulawong.wordpress.com.

Short Version:

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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 debut 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 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 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.

Long Version:

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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 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.

Purple Trees was Ursula’s first novel. She tapped vignettes from her childhood, as well as capturing the harrowing experiences of women she knew into the life of character Lily Phelps, a woman who struggles for normalcy despite a dark and hidden past..

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 and the farmers who fought for their freedom against impossible odds.  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 stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the popular Insanity Tales anthologies.

An adventurous traveler, scuba diver, and hiker, Ursula writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams.

Ursula’s readers follow her writing through a monthly newsletter that includes a super-short story and information about upcoming writing events. Sign up at Ursula’s website https://ursulawong.wordpress.com.

Fun Facts about Ursula:

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In high school, Ursula thought it wasn’t fair that the girls didn’t have a track team, so she lobbied to join 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.


 


11 thoughts on “About Ursula

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    February 29, 2016 at 9:46 pm

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    October 11, 2016 at 5:06 pm

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