Vironika Tugaleva (aka Vironika Wilde) is a poet, feminist, award-winning author, nomad, queer, cat fanatic, immigrant, survivor, tree hugger, and activist. She was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and has Russian indigenous (Tatar and Nagaybak) roots. She loves getting lost, looking at the stars, dancing, and eating pickles (sometimes, all at once).
New Poetry Releases (2020)
In 2020, Vironika released her debut poetry book, Love and Gaslight, which is not only a collection of poems but also a story. It’s about a sexual assault survivor reclaiming her body, an immigrant climbing into the home-sized hole in her heart, an adult comforting her inner child, and a woman questioning the social conditioning that governs her freedom. Love and Gaslight is raw, political, and transgressive. It’s edgy, feminist, and relevant. Most importantly, it’s honest. You will feel it. Whether it makes you feel sad, glad, or attacked, it will also make you feel brave enough to speak your truth.
Shortly after the launch of Love and Gaslight, Vironika released her debut album of spoken word poetry: Too Much For You. Let these tracks take you on poetic journey that’s seductive, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest. Too Much For You is an emotional rollercoaster through lust and love, doubt and faith, self-love and self-hatred. Bring your broken heart, grab a box of tissues, and get ready to revaluate the meaning of a happy ending. It’s available on Spotify, Apply Music, Amazon, and all other streaming platforms.
Before COVID hit, Vironika was a nomad poet, performing spoken word around the world. She has featured at dozens of events around the world performing poems about emotional healing, mental health, trauma, self-love, relationships, and the experience of being a woman in modern-day society. She’s currently staying put in Canada, waiting for the storm to blow over. Keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram.
Personal Growth Books (2012 – 2018)
In her early twenties, Vironika hit rock bottom. In a haze of insomnia, drug use, and adrenal exhaustion, she became delusional and suicidal. Instead of leading her into an early grave, this experience launched Vironika into what she later called a “spiritual awakening.” She began to question her thoughts, heal her past, and build a more loving relationship with herself. These experiences formed the basis of her first book, The Love Mindset, which won the Readers’ Favorite silver medal for Best Self-Help book of 2013.
Driven by an urge to spread healing, Vironika began to do life coaching, speaking, and writing in the personal growth field. She spoke about the importance of self-love, self-care, and authenticity. In self-help, Vironika thought she’d found the perfect line of work.
Shortly after releasing her first book, Vironika sold her things to travel and began to write her second book, which she intended to be a traditional self-help book about loving self-talk. However, she soon began to see her work in a harsh, new light. She realized how often self-help perpetuated people’s suffering by selling them on quick fixes and “magical” solutions. She became aware of how many people were losing self-respect while trying to follow expert advice on how to build self-respect.
In these painful realizations, Vironika saw an opportunity for activism. She decided that her next release would not be a 10-step manual about self-talk. Instead, it would be a book that challenged the current practices in self-help and encouraged the people who were victims of those practices to trust themselves, build self-awareness, and discover their own answers (instead of always seeking expert advice). The Art of Talking to Yourself launched in June of 2017. Since then, it has reached #1 on Amazon’s bestseller charts in numerous categories, including Consciousness and Thought, Self-Help, and Personal Growth. The Tao Te Ching, one of Vironika’s favourite books, suggests: “Do your work and then step back.” Inspired by this idea, Vironika announced that The Art of Talking to Yourself would be her last self-help book and that she would move on to explore her childhood passions: poetry, fiction, and music.
Vironika is still writing poetry and hoping to release a new collection in the next few years. Since discovering her Russian indigenous heritage, she’s become passionate about visiting her living ancestors and learning from them, but these plans will have to wait until the pandemic is over. In the meantime, she’s working on several fiction manuscripts and dabbling in music. You’re welcome to keep up with her creative evolution on social media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.