To understand the stories, one has to look at the times in which someone was living. Not just within a building at an address, but to consider their dreams, their failures and the time in which they lived.
Wordsmith covers it better I think. When I think of an author, I think of Mark Twain!
But wordsmith covers a broader range. After all, if one writes everything from local newspaper columns to websites and blogs, its hard to find a term to cover that.