This is different than just an author or someone who writes books for a living. It seems to me (and I may be waaaay off base with this) that many authors out there - way more successful than me mind you - crank out narrative after narrative with no real personal connection inside them. It is just a means to an end.
A storyteller puts heart and soul into the characters, lives with them, has been to the world where they live. This is the sort of writing I wish to share.
C.S. Lewis, Jim Henson, Hayao Miyazaki, Shigero Miyamoto, Tony DiTerlizzi - All some of my favorite storytellers through different mediums.