Posts Tagged ‘brilliant storyteller’


Robert David San Souci

Today I read in the January 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference newletter:

In Memoriam: Children’s book author Robert San Souci, known for his colorful and intelligent retellings of folktales and myths from other cultures, died suddenly on Friday, December 19, 2014 from a head injury incurred in a fall. He was 68. Robert was a frequent presenter at the conference, and we will miss him.

We mourn beloved children's book author Robert San Souci. What a brilliant storyteller!

SF Gate Sam Whiting writes: Author Robert San Souci, screenwriter for Disney’s Mulan dies


Author and Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to add . . . 

“Dear Mr. Robert Sou Souci,

I am sad for your loved ones and fans. You were a joyful spirit at writers’ conferences and book festivals, and so kind to fellow writers. May joy and light always be your wings as you watch over young readers and old readers.

Your fan,


Three of my favorite Robert San Souci’s books:

CENDRILLION   CENDRILLON bookcover.  Click on image to go to CURRENT BOOKLIST
A Caribbean Cinderella

by Robert D. San Souci
illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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FA MULAN   FA MULAN bookcover.  Click on image to go to  CURRENT BOOKLIST
The Story of a Woman Warrior

by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Jean & Mou-Sien Tseng


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Rollicking Tales Of Clever Females
by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Daniel San Souci


Teresa LeYung-Ryan is “Platform & Fanbase-Building Coach Teresa” and Manuscript Consultant and  . . .

author of:

Love Made of Heart: a Mother’s Mental Illness Forges Forgiveness in Daughter Ruby (novel used by college professors)

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook)

Coach Teresa’s Blog at  

creator of:

“Talking to My Dead Mom” (monologues)

“Immigrant Experience Writing Contest” 

past officer of Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter

past president of California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch

recipient of the Jack London Award for outstanding service

Coach Teresa, what are you reading, watching and writing?


I’m reading my clients’ manuscripts – I love quirky protagonists and compelling themes.


I’m still reading Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible. Ms. Kingsolver is a brilliant storyteller – 5 points of view (Orleanna Price, wife of evangelical Baptist minister Nathan Price; 4 daughters Rachel, Leah, Adah, Ruth May) – one family’s experience when they arrive in Belgian Congo in 1959.  Who is Methuselah?


I started reading Dr. Patricia Tsang’s Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine. What is Qi? Such helpful information and explanations.


Michael Moore’s film Capitalism: a Love Story

What is a “dead peasant” life insurance policy?

Who said: ” . . . fight fight fight for the basic things in life.”

How did President Franklin Roosevelt end his speech (Second Bill of Rights)?

Episodes of Columbo–I’ll blog about the themes later.

Episodes of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.–I’ll blog about the themes later.


I’m writing editorial memos for my clients; assignments, tailored to their needs; blog posts; and my next workbook for writers.







Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

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Coach Teresa is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days and Love Made of Heart.



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