Ursula Hegi

Ursula Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches writing at Stonybrook's Southhampton Campus and she is the recipient of more than thirty grants and awards.

Books by this Author

Children and Fire
Ursula Hegi The Burgdorf Cycle Boxed Set
The Worst Thing I've Done
Sacred Time
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Author Revealed

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. i don't think of characters as heroes or villains. as a reader and writer i look for characters who are complex, in many subtle shades of gray.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. as a 5-year old, i wanted to be invisible, hear and see everything

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. i'm already doing it

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. i like music by annie gallup, cheryl wheeler, miles davis, bobbie gentry// also 60s music

Author Voices

January 05, 2009

When I came to America as an eighteen-year old, my written English was quite good because I had studied English in School since I was nine years old. But it was the English of German nuns—the Ursulines, then the sisters of Sacre  Coeur—and countless words were missing: curses, slang, certain body parts.

Speaking English was much harder than reading it. Often I felt so slow that I stayed silent rather than risk not being understood. "Huh?" people would ask. If I'd repeat what I'd just said, they'd ask again, forcing me to repeat myself until I was whispering with embarrassment.

I loved the lack of formality, but it... see more