Editor's Note: R.A. Salvatore has been a huge part of Wizards of the Coast's Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms universe. Since 1988, he has penned more than 40 fantasy novels that helped expand the lore for the tabletop RPG, including creating one of the game's most influential NPCs, the Dark Elf Drizzt Do'Urden. David Craddock caught up with him at a book signing in Columbus, Ohio, to talk about his legacy in a three-part interview.
Every creator draws motivation from somewhere. For several years, R.A. "Bob" Salvatore drew from a wellspring visited by millions of parents each day. When fatigue set in, he would look above his monitor, where he had taped a paper showing the total amount of his children's college tuition to the wall. The sight of all those zeroes set his fingers racing as fast as his heart.