Viga Boland


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, 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

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:

Smashwords Interview

Your latest addition to Smashwords, "LOVE HAS NO GENDER" is a real change for you. Why?
I've never considered myself much of a fiction writer. My forte is non-fiction, memoir. But as a writer, I need challenge, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's interesting to note, now looking at the story line, how much of my real life has colored the fictional story of "Love Has No Gender". It's based on a woman, the one I MIGHT have become if I hadn't gotten away from my abusive father. This woman is a spinster. She's been sheltered all her life but she's dying to really live and love. I suppose that was me all those years. Like me, she does find love but, unlike me, with someone she most likely would never would have chosen to love. You just have to read "LOVE HAS NO GENDER" to get that. And if you do, if you like what I did with the story, I hope you'll tell me about it by leaving comments here or on Amazon. After all, I'm offering it Free here. A review in exchange would be appreciated!
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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Where to buy in print


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,


No Tears for my Father
A trilogy that covers over 50 years in the life of the author, from the time she was a victim of incest at the hands of her biological father beginning at age 11, to her life today. The first memoir, "No Tears for my Father" earned a gold medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards. This is the most graphic and disturbing section in this memoir of childhood sexual abuse. The second book, "Learning to Love Myself", is a gentler read showing the rebirth and recovery of a woman after sexual abuse but still touching on the long term effects on all family members and generations. The final book, "Voice from an Urn" is the story of the incest but told, this time, through the author's mother's voice. It answers questions readers raised after reading "No Tears for my Father. All three books move along swiftly, but engage readers both emotionally and intellectually. It is not enough to read just one. Only reading all three books is fully satisfying.


Don't Write Your MEmoir without ME!
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 50,300. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(4.00 from 1 review)
An easy to read and motivational workbook/gulde to writing your memoir. Anything but a textbook, you'll come away believing, as the author's workshop participants have, that you too can a memoir folks will want to read. Written by Viga Boland, the author of 4 memoirs, including the Gold Medal winning, "No Tears for my Father", this book is cover to cover good advice and fun reading.
The Ladies of Loretto
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 35,020. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Education
A humorous memoir about what it was like to attend a Catholic girls High School in the 60's when the "Twist" was a sin, the Beatles were just becoming known, and President Kennedy's assassination shocked the world. Laugh and cry along with Heidi, who feels like a geek and often acts like one as she tries to fit in with the nuns' determination to turn teenage girls into "the ladies of Loretto".
Love Has No Gender
Price: Free! Words: 9,920. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sexual alternatives
Meet Dolores, as sad a figure as her birth name implies ie.. sorrow and suffering. A 50 plus, sheltered spinster desperate to experience life and love, she goes on a cruise where she meets James who is also looking for love. Can they make romance work given the secrets each carries and is afraid to tell the other? Find out as they discover each other in this short story with a timeless message.
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 & Family » Abuse / general, Nonfiction » Sex & Relationships  » Sexual pathology
(5.00 from 1 review)
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 & 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 & 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
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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 & 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
(5.00 from 1 review)
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 & Family » Child abuse, Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
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."

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!