Nadine grew up in the Baie de Chaleur region of Northeastern New Brunswick, across
from Gaspé, Quebec—a region populated by Mi’kmaq aboriginals. Both Nadine’s parents’
ancestors orginated in France, then emigrated to the Gaspé until land grants were offered on
the New Bunswick side of the bay. This small New Brunswick settlement was primarily made
up of French Catholics—until the Irish Famine, when a ship carrying Irish Catholic
immigrants headed for Montreal, sailed up the wrong side of the Gaspé.
What do you get when you mix Mi’kmaq, French, and Irish? One hell of an accent!
At a very early age, Nadine was fascinated by the differences in language, expressions,
and customs in her community. Inquisitive and precocious, she spent much of her childhood
in the company of the elderly and developed a love and appreciation of local history and
story-telling as a result. Realizing that most of the world is unaware of this beautiful and
historically rich region of the world, Nadine is hoping to bring readers to this region through
Nadine moved to Halifax to pursue her education in Computer and Analytic Science, and
has called it home ever since.
When Nadine isn’t writing, she’s probably outdoors or in the kitchen. She loves to cook
(Murderdine’s “food to die for”), sail, kayak, swim, play guitar, compose music, write songs,
plant beautiful flower gardens, dig for clams with her hands, and laugh a lot.
Nadine is a member of the Golden Crown Literary Society, the Society of Composers,
Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and a
Professional Author Member of Crime Writers of Canada.
Copyright © Nadine LaPierre 2010
“I’ve always had this duality, where on the one hand I’m very creative and artistic,
yet at the same time, I’m very intellectual. I have to admit, I’ve probably read more
academic journals in science, engineering, and medicine, than fiction. Whereas in the
past, I always felt an internal tug of war between my creativity and strong analytical and
pragmatic thinking, writing novels makes me feel very whole. The writing itself provides
an outlet for my creativity, and at the same time, the challenge of producing a very
strong, intricate plot feeds my over-active brain cells.”
View of Heron Island and the Gaspé from the beach on the New Brunswick side of Baie de Chaleur where Nadine grew up.
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