Novelist: ‘Most people have stories in them’
CHELMSFORD — After a long career as a computer engineer, Ursula Wong knew there was something else she had to do: write.
“I think most people have some stories in them,” the Chelmsford author said, “and there were a couple I really wanted to get into.”
She has been writing now for six years, and is about to release her second full-length novel, an historical fiction piece titled “Amber Wolf.” The book is being published through Chelmsford-based Genretarium Publishing, owned by her friend and mentor, Dale T. Phillips.
A woman of Eastern European heritage, Ursula grew up on a dairy farm in central Massachusetts, and became a high tech engineer. Her stories have appeared in Everyday Fiction, Spinetingler Magazine, and the widely popular Insanity Tales andInsanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear (October, 2015) anthologies. She is the coordinator of the Nashua chapter of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project, and a winner of their regional fiction contest. Recently, Ursula was named Marketing Director of The Storyside, a book marketing and publishing cooperative.
Her award-winning debut novel, Purple Trees, available in print and Kindle, portrays rural life in the story of a naïve girl who must grow up fast to find work and build a future, when the weight of the past threatens everything she loves.
Ursula taps her Lithuanian heritage in her second novel, Amber Wolf, a saga of love and war. After her mother is murdered in the torment of the Russian invasion of 1944, Ludmelia Kudirka flees to the safety of the forest. Vowing vengeance, Ludmelia joins the partisans fighting for freedom in a David-and-Goliath struggle against the mighty Soviet war machine. Amber Wolf will be available in 2016.
While her roots are in rural New England, Ursula has traveled widely. She lives with her husband in Massachusetts, and has a daughter in college. Ursula scuba-dives, swims, and is an avid hiker.
Visit Ursula’s popular Reaching Readers Blog on her website () for flash fiction stories, and information about upcoming appearances and publications.