Stephenie Meyer was born on 24 December 1973. Her family lived first in Connecticut and then in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephenie is named after her father Stephen, hence the unusual spelling of her name. She attended High School in Scottsdale, Arizona where she was awarded the National Merit Scholarship that allowed her to go on to Brigham Young University in Utah. She graduated with a BA in English in 1997.
Meyer first met her future husband, Christian, when she was four, but they only got around to saying hello sixteen years later. They were married within nine months, and now have three children: Gabe, Seth and Eli.
Stephenie Meyer, the writer
Stephenie Meyer was a regular housewife and mother when she started writing the Twilight series. She had contemplated going to law school, but all that changed when her first son was born. When the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on 2 June 2003, Stephenie was a full-time mother with heavy responsibilities. But this dream affected Meyer so much that she rushed to her computer and quickly wrote it down.
In the dream, a boy and a girl were standing in a meadow. The boy was sparkling in the sun, like a diamond, and he was trying to persuade the girl that he was a dangerous vampire and that she should stay away from him. For weeks afterwards, Meyer could not get the vision out of her mind, and in between taking care of her children and household, she somehow managed to write the book in three months. It was an extraordinary feat for a new writer; she had never written even a short story. As she said, ‘I became a writer in one day, which is cool.'
Meyer never intended to publish the Twilight books, but her sister recognised their potential and urged her to find an agent. Of the fifteen query letters she sent, only one elicited a favorable response, from Jodi Reamer of Writer’s House.
The book was auctioned, fetching a staggering $750,000 from publishing house Little, Brown. Soon afterwards, Twilight debuted at number five on the New York Times Bestseller list for Children's Books. It was named Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a New York Times Editor's Choice.
The other books in the series, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, enjoyed the same success, winning Meyer a number of accolades.
Meyer started writing a fifth Twilight book called Midnight Sun, re-telling Twilight through Edward's eyes. But in August 2008, Meyer announced that someone had leaked her rough draft on the internet and that she felt too sad to continue writing it. The book is on indefinite hold. The rough draft is now available on her website.
The Muse is the Music
Stephenie Meyer has often times stated, both in interviews and in her books, that her main inspiration for the novels comes from listening to music. Meyer credits such bands as Muse, Blue October, Coldplay and Linkin Park, and posts playlists for the books on her website.
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Soundtrack
1. "Why Does it Always Rain on Me?" — Travis
2. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" [video edit] — My Chemical Romance
3. "Creep" [radio edit] — Radiohead
4. "In My Place" — Coldplay
5. "By Myself" — Linkin Park
6. "Dreaming" — OMD
7. "Please Forgive Me" — David Gray
8. "Here With Me" — Dido
9. "With You" [reanimation remix] — Linkin Park
10. "Time is Running Out" — Muse
11. "Dreams" — The Cranberries
12. "Tremble for My Beloved" — Collective Soul
Books also play a big part, with writers such as Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Emily Brontë providing inspiration for the series.
Adaptions of the Twilight Series
In 2008, Twilight was adapted into a motion picture starring Kristen Stewart in the role of Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. It grossed 35.7 million US Dollars on its opening night. The sequel, New Moon, was released in 2009 and was even more successful. The third film in the saga, Eclipse, is expected to be released later in 2010. Breaking Dawn, the last book of the saga, has yet to be given the go-ahead.
Twilight: the Graphic Novel, drawn by Korean artist Young Kim, was released in 2010.
Besides the Twilight Saga, Meyer has also published a short story in Prom Nights from Hell, and a novel called The Host, which she plans to expand to a trilogy in the future. The second book will be called The Soul, and the third The Seeker. The movie adaptation of The Host is currently being planned. Meyer also wrote the treatment and co-directed a music video of the song The Resolution for the band Jack’s Mannequin:
Contact Stephenie Meyer
You can contact Stephenie via her publishers at:
c/o Author Mail
Little, Brown and Company
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Entertainment Weekly cover story:
ABC Good Morning America
New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
BookStories Feature Article
International Reading Association