Viga Boland


Viga Boland has authored 3 memoirs in 2 years. Her first memoir, "NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER", a true account of the sexual, mental and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her father for 14 years won a Gold Medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards.

At the request of her fans, Viga wrote her second memoir, "LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF" in 2014. This book is her account of healing, recovery and self-discovery after abuse. Through the love of her spouse and children she learned to love herself. This is an inspiring story of redemption that gives hope to the abused.

In a complete departure from the style of her 2 previous memoirs, in 2015 Viga Boland published "The Ladies of Loretto", a delightful and humorous account of her 4-5 years as a student in a Catholic high school for girls only back in the 60's. Called "timeless" by teachers currently employed by that same school, "The Ladies of Loretto" is a joyous romp down memory lane for anyone who attended Catholic High Schools back when there were no cell phones and sex-ed and the nuns wore long black habits and carried yardstick rulers to keep students in check.

Now retired, Viga Boland currently runs memoir writing workshops for the Hamilton Public Library. She is also the editor/publisher of "Memoirabilia", a magazine for memoir writers. Memoirabilia features how-to articles, author interviews, book reviews and submissions by writers. Check it out and subscribe at

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
In my latest book, LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF, I share 40 years of self-discovery and recovery from the child sexual abuse that I wrote about in my first memoir, NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER. I didn't plan to write either book to be honest, but when I told my family about the abuse, after hiding it from everyone, including my husband, for over 40 years, my family encouraged me to write my story to help other victims. NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER, to my greatest joy, earned me a gold medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards. But my fans wanted to know more! They wanted to know how I got over my past. So I wrote LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As much as anything, my age! I've been writing all my life, but never had time to pen an entire book. When I finally found the time, I was past my mid-60's! I thought about trying out publishers, but knowing it's not that easy to land a publisher, even when you have a book as engaging as NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER, for fear I might not live long enough to see the book in print, I decided to go it alone. My book was too important to those who needed to read it to wait years for a publisher to say "yes"!
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Meet VIGA BOLAND on CHCH TV interview
Bob Cowan of CHCH TV in Hamilton invited author, VIGA BOLAND, to talk with him about her self-published memoir, NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER, her own true story of mental, physical and sexual abuse, specifically incest, at the hands of her biological father from the ages of 11-23. Here's that interview! The signed, printed version of NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER is available online directly from the author's own website at

BOOK TRAILER for No Tears for my Father
This short video book trailer gives readers a taste of the tension one might feel when reading No Tears for my Father. It's captures what the author felt as a victim of physical, sexual and mental abuse by her biological father for over 13 years.

Viga Boland talks with CHCH TV about "Learning to Love Myself"
At the request of readers and fans of the Gold Medal winning memoir of incest, "No Tears for my Father", Viga Boland recently launched her follow-up memoir, her story of self-discovery and recovery from abuse, "LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF". In this interview with Bob Cowan of CHCH TV MORNING LIVE, Viga talks about the impact of the first book and what readers will enjoy in this second memoir.

Can a victim of childhood sexual abuse recover, heal and find happiness? Viga Boland did. Now, after writing her award-winning true story of incest, "No Tears for my Father", she tells the rest of the story in "Learning to Love Myself". Enjoy the video book trailer for this inspiring story of recovery and self-discovery through love of her spouse and children,


Voice from an Urn
Series: No Tears for my Father. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,470. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / general, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sexual pathology
Voice from an Urn answers the questions most frequently asked by readers of Viga Boland’s first memoir of incest, the gold-medal winning “No Tears for my Father”. There are no simple answers to "Did your mother know?" or "Why didn't she do anything?" But using her mother's own words and voice, Viga Boland brings her true story of childhood sexual abuse to a touching close to her gripping trilogy.
No Tears for my Father: Part 2: Learning to Love Myself
Series: No Tears for my Father. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,740. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
Learning to Love Myself is the continuation of the true story of incest told in the author's award-winning memoir, "No Tears for my Father". This book is not just a celebration of rebirth and recovery after abuse, but a love story: the love of a husband and wife; the love of children, and that love so important to healing: love of self.
A Steak & Potatoes Man
Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
What do you do when the secret ingredient in hubby's meal is the last thing he wants in there and it's missing what he wants most?
The Day 36B’s Became 40D’s
Price: Free! Words: 970. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
At some point, your mother probably read you the story of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day". Well this post-menopausal woman has her own version of a day like that that many senior women will relate to.
The Red & Black Boa
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / parent & adult child, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Useless forgotten and inexpensive items can have greater value than than those with a high price tag. A feel good story.
Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A touching, true short story that relates an experience in Barbados back in the 70's that makes one realize how lucky we are in comparison to others
No Tears For My Father
Series: No Tears for my Father. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,720. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Child abuse, Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence
Trapped in a web of deceit & confusion spun by her father from the age of 11, the author shares her true story of incest in the hopes that by coming out from under years of sexual abuse, other victims will be encouraged to do the same. This is an important, no-holds-barred book complete with graphic scenes and language because "that’s the way it happened and that’s how it must be told."

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Smashwords book reviews by Viga Boland

  • Rory, My Brother on May 21, 2013

    When it comes to discovering a character through their words, actions and thoughts, it's hard to beat Kate Walker. She has mastered the art of saying so much in so few words. This short story is only 5 pages long but we see a lifetime of the relationship between 2 brothers. Kate's writing is gutsy, hard-hitting and honest, revealing what people really do think and feel even when they tell no-one else what is in their hearts. This is awesome writing. Loved it!