Robert Anthony Salvatore, who writes under the name R. A. Salvatore, is an American author best known for The DemonWars Saga, his Forgotten Realms novels, for which he created the popular character Drizzt Do'Urden, and Vector Prime, the first novel in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Orderseries. He has sold more than 15 million copies of his books in the United States alone and twenty-two of his titles have been New York Times best-sellers. Robert Salvatore was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, the youngest of a family of seven. A graduate of Leominster High School, Salvatore has credited his high school English teacher with being instrumental in his development as a writer. During his time at Fitchburg State College, he became interested in fantasy after reading J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, given to him as a Christmas gift. He developed an interest in fantasy and other literature, promptly changing his major from computer science to journalism. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications/Media from Fitchburg. He earned this degree in 1981 and later a Bachelor of Arts in English. Before taking up writing full-time, he worked as a bouncer, an experience to which he attirbutes his fierce and vividly described battle scenes. In the fall of 1997, his letters, manuscripts, and other professional papers were donated to the R.A. Salvatore Library at his alma mater, Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
"It seems that R.A. Salvatore is everywhere these days. And I love it!" - Geeks of Doom (about Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Tales #3) "In the end this book told an exciting story and feels like a great way to read up on one of the most important characters in D&D. I actually now feel more inclined to go pick up the book after reading the comic adaptation just to fill in any gaps that may exist in the plot. It seems like ideal reading for anyone into fantasy books or video games set in this type of world, especially with Dragon Age Inquisition doing the rounds. The art throughout is of a consistently high standard and really brings the book to life with its bold colours and detailed characters." - Dave MacPhail, Big Glasgow Comic.com (on Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Volume 1: Homeland)