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The responsibility of every writer is to make a difference in the world.

Background Information

I write because I'm a storyteller. I've  been a storyteller since I was a little kid.I still remember, like it was yesterday when I was in the 7th grade and the Sister Mary Lawrence gave us a special assignment. We had to close our eyes and write the first things that came to our minds. Well with me, the kid that was always accused of being a dreamer, or the one with the over active imaginattion, the assignment wasnot only fun but it was a breeze.

We had to start and stop, on command, with three minute writing intervals. I can still remember the stories I wrote. I can still remember the nun yelling at me to put my pencil away, because she had said stop, but I was determined to finish my story.  That Nun truely disliked me, I still remember her condesention toward me.

But even with ehr harshness toward me I remember that she was honest in her aprasials of me. I must say I really was and still am a dreamer.

At the end of the day the only student in her classroom she dubbed a writer was me. She dubbed me a, 'natural born storyteller".Made me feel pretty good

Being the daydreamer I am, I went on in my life to do just about everything else but write. I studied the things that interested me: art, music, photography, cinematography, aduio engineering, electrical engineering, even the martial arts. Holy Mackerel! . . .  that's just part of the list.

I started writing full time about 15 years ago. Now, at 67 I can honestly say, It's  been a long and winding road but writting is one thing I've never tired of.

What I love about the process of writting is the refinement of the story, it's something one doesn't do in the spoken version or in the first draft. My greatest influences are Aldous Huxley, Hermann Hesse, and Raymond Chandler, Jeffery Archer, Dick Francis, and E.B. White.

I am currently writing children's novles. My fisrt, The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin runs 207 pages. A story for for children but, while charming, one that could be considered a difficult read for little ones. It's what used to be called a read-aloud book. I call it, "A bedtime story for the Soul."

Like Alice in Wonderland, Pengey Penguin takes the reader on a tour through lands not meant for his kind, meeting friends along the way. The adult reader will take their child on a magical ride from Antarctica to New York City with some of the freshest and wonderful characters you'll ever meet. There are many evil villians and narrow escapes but I suppose you'll figure that Pengey survives but not before I put him and his little pals through the ringer.

Volume II, The Further Adventures of Pengey Penguin runs 325 pages. It is what I call, "The Best Snuggle-Time Read-Aloud book on the Planet." It's a novel in three parts in which Pengey makes the transition from living in the wild to life with humans and the animals that live in New York City's Central Park.  Part three reads like the best Film Noir your've ever seen as Pengey don's a private eye hat and tie to solve a dastartdly crime at Christmastime.

Volume III The Amazing Adventures of Pengey Penguin, is a 367 page novel. Like Pengey II the story grows up like the readed who was revited to every word in the first volumes. It remains unpublised at this time while I am seeking an agent to take my series to the international publishing arena.

I've also written twelve feature length screenplays. If you've never read a screenplay and want to get a feel of what it's like to go to the movies in your own head you can read me at San Francisco Story

My novels for kids can be purchased at

The e-books can be purchased at Amazon


Birth Place
Cambridge, MA 

Arizona Women In Film - Best Screenplay 2002 and Living Legacy Award for, Tomorrow's Christmas

USA BookNews Award - 2006 - Excellence in Children's Literature, The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin

Family Choice 2006 - Gold Medal in Children's Literature - Juvenile Fiction - The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin

Contact Information
San Francisco Story Works
386 Union Street 
San Francisco CA 94133   USA
Contact Author: John Burns
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The Many Adventures of Pengey Penguin
A very happy website that's just for kids-whether 3 years old or 90 years young, my website is for the young at heart, for those of us who love a great story and aren't in the least bit afraid of being young. Quote: It takes a long time to grow young, Pablo Picaso at age 86 I couldn't agree more

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