Nancy Bethiaume LaPierre (1954-) was born in Woonsocket R.I. to French Canadian parents. She grew up in R.I. in an unstable, alcoholic home. She married Mark LaPierre in 1974. Her first child was born 3 years later (1977). Mark and Nancy were blessed with two more beautiful baby boys. She was determined to raise them in a loving, stable, Christian home, something she never experienced herself. During the course of her life with Mark, she realized how God took care of her and her brothers and sisters while growing up, and how He is still watching over her. She survived the challenges of raising three children in a school bus for the sake of sending them to Christian schools. God has shown her how to forgive her parents and found herself taking care of her mom after she had suffered a stroke. She had the privilege of caring for her for seven years, up until her death in 2010. She is now enjoying life with her children and grandchildren, every chance she can get, seeing they live in all different parts of the world. She shared her story in her book, Journey to a Better Land, in hopes to bless others that might be going through or have gone through similar trials.
What inspires you to write?
I had a burden to get my story out in hopes to help someone else that has had a hard time with forgiveness., especially toward their parents. Being brought up in a dysfunctional, alcoholic home was very difficult because of all the abuse. I show how God does care for His children and even when we are not praying He is watching over us. I came out of that situation and raised my own children differently with God’s help and I learned how to forgive. I hope to encourage the reader that they can overcome even the worst situations and come out okay.
Tell us about your writing process.
It took me a year to complete the writing. It is a story of my life so it was easy to do. I would sit in front of an empty computer page and the words would just come easily. Even memories that I thought were long forgotten. I use an outline sometimes but not all the time. I just write.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always remember to ask God for help and He will never fail you. Ideas will come even when you are not thinking about it. The ideas just will come, they did for me.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published my book because it was too much money to go with an official publisher. My publishing name is NBL Books. I did have an official publisher at first but they kept charging me lots of money for little changes. I couldn’t afford them so I published it myself. Marketing is my hardest thing and If an author can afford it they should pay someone to publish and help market their work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am not sure. I have not given it any thought.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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