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Viga Boland is the author of 4 books, three of which are memoirs based on the childhood sexual abuse (incest) to which she was subjected from the ages of 11-24. She kept the abuse secret for nearly 45 years, not even telling her husband and family until she was 65. On hearing the details, her small but supportive family encouraged her to write her true story to help other victims of incest realize they are not alone and to increase awareness of this much denied form of sexual abuse. The result of the encouragement was her first memoir, self-published in 2013, "NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER", for which she received a Gold Medal in the 2014 Readers Favourites Awards.
Today, at 70 years of age, Viga Boland is a popular speaker at conferences on Sexual Violence. She also blogs and podcasts on sexual abuse, (i-Tunes, Stitcher, Podcasts.com) along with teaching memoir writing in her local library. She is also devoted to helping other memoir writers increase their visibility via her blogs and podcasts at http://www.memoirabilia.ca
Viga's 2nd memoir, "Learning to Love Myself" is centered on her story of healing and self-discovery as someone worthy of love. This book is an uplifting and enjoyable read. The 3rd memoir in this series on sexual abuse, "Voice from an Urn", answers questions about Viga's mother's role, if she had one, in the incest. You can listen to sections of this book via her "VIGALAND" podcast. (See Viga's personal website for the links on iTunes and Stitcher)
Viga's other book. a semi-memoir, is a very humorous account of her 4-5 years in a Catholic High School in the early 60's. "The Ladies of Loretto", at this time, is only available from Viga's personal website: http://www.vigaboland.com
Cheryl B. Evans
on Sep. 02, 2016 :
4.5/5 Stars. I liked this book. When I read books like this I'm looking for that one gem that I can pull from it and run with in my own writing. Don't Write Your Memoir Without Me gave me that I one gem and then some! This is the perfect book for new writers interested in memoir writing but it is also good for seasoned writers to gain a new perspective. Viga also pulls from other experienced memoir writers (with their permission of course) to added more value and more perspectives to this very helpful book. I also enjoyed the conversational style in which she wrote the book. It flowed well and I read it in one day. The only regret I have is that I wish the book was longer. I enjoyed the authors voice and instruction and was sad when it ended. I guess that's a huge compliment saying I wish the author wrote more. Well done!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)