Ursula Wong

Biography

Ursula Wong writes gripping stories about strong women struggling against impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Her work has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, Mystery Reader's Journal, and the Insanity Tales anthologies. She is a professional speaker appearing regularly on TV and radio.

Wong's debut novel, Purple Trees, and the enchanting Peruvian folk tale, The Baby Who Fell From the Sky, are available on Amazon and other online retailers.

Her WW II thriller Amber Wolf, the first in the Amber War series, is about a young Lithuanian woman who joins resistance fighters. Amber War, the second in the series, tells a little-known story of post-WW II Eastern Europe and the continuing fight against the Soviet occupation. Amber Widow, third book in the series, matches Eastern European radicals against Russia in a vicious game of nuclear chess.

For more about Ursula and her prize-winning flash fiction stories, visit her Reaching Readers website at 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.
Read more of this interview.

Books

Black Amber
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,850. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Pipelines under the Baltic Sea have made Europe dependent on Russian gas, but Russian petro-bullying threatens to bankrupt Ukraine, weaken Europe, and render NATO ineffective. As cyberterrorists plot to destroy the pipeline, members of Lithuanian think-tank Baltic Watch must decide whether to support them and let Europe fall into darkness, or expose them and risk retaliation that may lead to war.
Amber Widow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,820. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
In the war between ruthless leaders and terrorists, how do you chose a side? In Book Three of the Amber War series, the long-simmering enmity with Russia comes to an explosive head as the Lithuanian radicals engage in a vicious game of chess that would sacrifice some for the freedom of others.
Amber War
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,080. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
Where do you turn when you can trust no one? In Book Two of the Amber War series, resistance fighter Ludmelia Kudirka faces treachery as she works with Polish partisans to get a man through the Iron Curtain in a last-ditch effort to gain help from the West and keep the fight for freedom alive.
Amber Wolf
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,660. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » General
How do you fight an unbeatable enemy? In Book One of the Amber War series, the farmers and office workers in Lithuania exchange their pitchforks and pencils for stolen weapons to fight the largest military force in the world: Stalin's Red Army.
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.

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.