Ursula Wong

Biography

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 WW II novel, Amber Wolf. Destitute after her parents are taken by Russian soldiers, young Ludmelia Kudirka joins the farmers fighting for freedom in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine.

For more about Ursula and her prize-winning flash fiction stories, visit her Reaching Readers Blog on http://ursulawong.wordpress.com.

Smashwords Interview

So how Purple Trees come to be? Was it envisioned from the start as a bigger canvas, or did it expand organically out of an idea? Please tell us a bit about the origin.
I think fiction is about taking a fact or an event, and giving it life. Originally, Purple Trees was about a loss in a family. I wanted to emphasize the loss by adding anger. Then I needed a reason for the anger, and so on. Eventually, it became a story about Lily Phelps, a woman with a tumultuous past that affected her relationship with her son.
Did you start with the germ of an idea and start writing to see where it went, or did you map a good deal out in your head (or even outline) before crafting?
Writing is like making lasagna. It gets better if you let it marinate a while. I wrote the first draft of Purple Trees in a few weeks. It took a year to evolve and finalize the story.
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Where to find Ursula Wong online


Where to buy in print


Books

Amber War
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,290. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
World War II is over, but fighting continues in Eastern Europe as the Lithuanians wreak havoc on the Soviets occupying their country. Their guerilla tactics enrage Russian leaders and provoke them to amass their power. But the force of the Soviet army is not enough, and a Soviet spy infiltrates the partisan camp.
Amber Wolf
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,550. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
When Russian soldiers invade Eastern Europe during WW II, they ravage the countryside and terrorize the people. Young Ludmelia Kudirka, whose mother has been murdered, flees to the safety of the forest. Vowing vengeance, she joins the partisan resistance in a David-and-Goliath struggle against Stalin’s mighty war machine.
Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,540. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » General
Reality slides into madness again in these eleven tales from some of New England’s finest storytellers. Feel your heartbeat quicken as your senses drift to dark places: the howls of horror, terrifying visions, a hint of mystery in the air, and the bitter taste of death. You may never sleep with the lights off again.
Insanity Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,050. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
An anthology of eight dark and scary short stories and one novella from New England authors David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong. Here you will find twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit. Come in, enjoy the trip, but step carefully, and watch the shadows, for you may never be the same again.
Purple Trees
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,800. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lonely Lily Phelps is orphaned and in debt at seventeen. Her dark, hidden past causes her to see ghosts. This scared, naïve girl must grow up fast if she is to find work, happiness, and build a future, but the weight of the past threatens everything she loves. Because of her terrible secret, Lily must protect her family from the worst danger of all – herself.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ursula Wong

  • Shadow of the Wendigo on April 30, 2014

    This is an exciting story about a hunt for a monster in the frigid Canadian north. But it’s also about Cree Indian traditions, a man’s struggle with what it means to be a human being, the thin line between survival and death, and more. The novel is different, believable, unpredictable and completely absorbing. Give it a read. It will send chills up your spine.