Welcome to the first ever Books with Spine Blog post!
I thought I'd better begin by explaining that “books with spine” is more than simply a play on words: it’s a genre.
In this blog, I’ll be talking about books written by authors who – whether or not they realized it at the time of writing – created something of social importance and inspired change. I will explore how books continue to touch our lives, looking at some of the most inspiring stories to be found in the field of mission-driven publishing, and my posts will fall into one or more of the following categories:
• Social enterprise
I’ll be mostly writing about nonfiction on this blog because, as a professional ghostwriter and editor, nonfiction is my bread and butter. However, that's not to say I don't recognize the awesome power of make-believe; you only have to read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple or George Orwell’s 1984 to appreciate the world-changing impact that fiction can have. Ultimately, whether rooted in fact or imagination, all great literature deals with truth, and the only difference is that nonfiction’s currency is real life and fiction’s is the lifelike (and, yes, even fantasy can be lifelike).
I hope you enjoy reading the blog and will recommend it to others. Oh, and if you have a story relevant to this blog, pitch it to me!
Lorna Partington Walsh, Wordsmith