The Books That Affected Us the Most

The Crystal Shard by R.A. SalvatoreThe Crystal Shard

The book that most affected me was R. A. Salvatore’s The Crystal Shard. Every writer has that moment when he or she is reading and thinks, “This? I could do this.” It is, of course, arrogance of the highest order. It is the sort of thought only a fourteen-year-old with the perfect combination of ignorance and hormonal self-aggrandizement thinks. I can follow the thread of my life, though, from writing this brief comment, back through attending Clarion West last year, to graduating from an MFA program, to my first completed novel, to my first fumbling attempts at fiction, to the moment when I looked up from this book and thought such a foolishly impossible thing: that I can do this. So thank you, Mr. Salvatore. Because if I’m very, very lucky — I can.

Bryan Camp


  • TS Tate

    Tee received a Master of Arts in English in 2008 from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has studied under Edgar nominee Tim Gautreaux, Booksense Pick novelist Bev Marshall and Clarion West graduate and World Fantasy nominee, Cat Rambo. She has more than ten years of documentation and editing experience and is currently the Editor-in-Chief at   She has spent the past nine years in the corporate environment as a Technical Editor and has previously edited for Christine Rose, Phoebe North, Heather McCorkle, Laura Pauling, Anne Riley, Christine Fonseca and UF writer Carolyn Crane. With Heather McCorkle, Tee co-founded the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter.  In addition, she is working on several creative projects, including her second novel and various short stories. Her flash fiction, "Street Noises," was included in the Pill Hill Press anthology "Daily Frights 2012: 366 Days of Dark Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition)" and her short "Til Hunt Be Done," was included in the Winter Wonders anthology from Compass Press.  A diehard New Orleans Saints fan, Tee lives with her family in Southeast Louisiana.

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