There will not be a book signing on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Kaiser Fine Photography in Carbondale for Bonnie LeStrange’s book. A story in Thursday’s edition incorrectly stated that.


 


 


 


Birds fly over a peaceful lake scene on the cover of Bonnie LeStrange’s first novel — The Birds of Lake Lenape.


It’s a book about people, says LeStrange, who writes under the pen name of Bronwyn McEnkegry.


Birds fly over a peaceful lake scene on the cover of Bonnie LeStrange’s first novel — The Birds of Lake Lenape.
It’s a book about people, says LeStrange, who writes under the pen name of Bronwyn McEnkegry.
“It’s about the value of a human being. We are all important. All people have an immeasurable value and sometimes we need to be reminded of that. Now is one of those times. The book makes us think about that. Children and the downtrodden speak in it. The truth is often found in their words,” said the Honesdale writer.
 
Q. How did the title come about?/ What inspired you?
A. The title came to me one evening, when I realized that people are like birds--they come and they go. Also, Lenape means the original, or the true people: thus The Birds of Lake Lenape.
 
Q. How long did it take to write? 
A. It wasn't typical. I worked on it off and on for thirteen years. It grew. It wasn't just a sudden inspiration. 
 
Q. What makes the area so fascinating that it became the backdrop for your book?
A. Well, the Lenape lived around here long ago, and I do have some Lenape blood. It goes deeper than that, though. The beauty of the area with the hills and foliage, and the sheer historicity of the place is something that shouldn't be forgotten. After all, the American Railroad had it's birth around here, and trains play an important role in my book. And I must say, how many stories could Lake Wallenpaupack tell if it had a mouth?
 
Q. Have you always wanted to write a novel?
A. I always toyed with the idea of writing stories, but I never thought about a novel. It just happened. I did always have a love for the theater and musicals, and things like that.
 
Q. What was it like working with your husband on your book?
A. Tom was my editor and research guy. At times it was difficult. We had many meetings about scenes and dialogue. We survived them.
 
Q. Will there be other novels? 
A. Anything is possible, we'll see, but it might be like Margaret Mitchell said, "That's all I have to say." 
 
Q. Who is your book dedicated to?
A. The book is dedicated to my mother, Monica. She has a heart as big as Lake Lenape. And she has hands that reach out to help anyone in need. She deserves it she's a saint.

A book signing is being held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Kaiser Fine Photography in Carbondale from 5 to 7 p.m.