Stephenie Meyer is an American author, who was born on 24 December, 1973. She is most famously known for her work in the Twilight Series. She gained worldwide fame after the Twilight Series was published. Having sold more than 100 million copies of her book, she became the biggest selling author ...
Stephenie Meyer is an American author, who was born on 24 December, 1973. She is most famously known for her work in the Twilight Series. She gained worldwide fame after the Twilight Series was published. Having sold more than 100 million copies of her book, she became the biggest selling author for the year 2008 and 2009.
Stephenie Morgan Meyer was born to Stephen and Candy Morgan in Hartford, Connecticut. She finished her high school from Chaparral High School, Scottsdale. She went on to attend her college in Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In the year 1997 she got her Bachelors Degree in English from the same University. She got married to Christian when she was only 21 years old, in 1994.
Stephenie Meyer started writing her first ever book, Twilight and finished it in a matter of three months. Later on it was published in the year 2005. This was followed by New Moon which was published in 2006. The third part, Eclipse was published in the year 2007. Breaking Dawn, the last of the Twilight Series was published in 2008. When New Moon was released, it reached #5 spot in the New York Times Bestseller list and the following week it reached #1 spot and it remained so for the following eleven weeks. The first three series spent a combined total of 143 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. By the time the fourth series, Breaking Dawn was released, the Twilight Series had become so famous and popular that people couldn’t wait for it to get published. On the first day of its release, it sold over 1.3 million copies. The last installment of the Twilight Series won her the British Book Award. The Twilight Series has sold over a million copies around the world and it has been translated into 37 languages. In the year 2008, the Twilight Series got on the top four list of the year-end bestseller list on USA Today’s list. This feat was repeated again the following year on USA Today’s list. The same year USA Today reported that Stephenie Meyer broke J.K. Rowling’s record on their bestseller’s list. The Twilight Series spent a total of 102 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.
The Twilight Series became so popular that it was made into a movie. It was produced by Summit Entertainment and was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. The movie starred Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The movie was released on 21st November 2008 and it made the two leading actors an instant superstar. Summit Entertainment has already released the second and the third part of the series.
Stephenie Meyer has been proclaimed as the world’s most famous vampire novelist after Anne Rice. In the year 2008, she was named as the Author of The Year by USA Today. She also made it to 349 on Time Magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in 2008”. She was also listed in Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s Top Earning Women. In the year 2009, Vanity Fair ranked her #82 on their list of “Top 100 Information Age Powers”. According to Amazon, she was the second bestselling author of the decade.
Other books to her credits are, The Host, Little, Brown and Company and Prom Nights from Hell. The Host was published in 2008 and it debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Currently she lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her family. She and her husband are blessed with three kids, Gabe, Seth, and Eli.
Stephenie Meyer, born December 24, 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut, is the bestselling author of the young adult novel Twilight and its sequels. Inspired by a dream, she wrote the first book and att...More details
Stephenie Meyer, born December 24, 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut, is the bestselling author of the young adult novel Twilight and its sequels. Inspired by a dream, she wrote the first book and attracted the attention of agent Jodi Reamer, who secured her a three-book publishing deal. The books have sold over 250 million copies, been translated into 37 languages, and launched a hit film series.
Author. The daughter of Stephen and Candy Morgan, Meyer was born on December 24, 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut. The uncommon spelling of Morgan's first name was "a gift from [her] father." He added the letters "i" and "e" to the end of his name to create "Stephenie." The Morgans relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, four years later. As the second of six children, Meyer took on the duties associated with being an elder sibling in a large Mormon family. In between caring for her younger brothers and sisters she showed a passion for reading, becoming a fan of classic authors including Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Margaret Mitchell.
Although she felt out of place among the privileged population of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Meyer was an excellent student. Graduating in 1992, her high marks earned her a National Merit Scholarship. She used the award to attend Brigham Young University, choosing to major in English literature.
Marriage and Family
In 1996, between her junior and senior years, Meyer became reacquainted with childhood friend Christiaan "Pancho" Meyer. The two had grown up in the same social circles and, less than a year after their first date, 21-year-old Stephenie married Pancho. After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1997, Meyer chose to become a stay-at-home mother to sons Gabe, Seth and Eli.
Inspiration for Twilight
Some six years later, on June 2, 2003, Meyer became an author in earnest. Following a compelling dream - the inspiration for Twilight, and the basis for Chapter 13 of the first book - Meyer began a frenzied writing spree. The beginnings of her novel explored the romance between Edward, a vampire, and Bella, a human girl. Influenced by authors like William Goldman, Orson Scott Card, and Douglas Adams, Meyer set to work fleshing out the story, often writing while her children slept.
Within three months, she had created a 500-page manuscript and begun searching for publishing contact. Using advice taken from author Janet Evanovich's website, Meyer was eventually contacted by Jodi Reamer, a literary agent at Writer's House. Reamer and Meyer worked together polish the manuscript - among other things, Reamer insisted Meyer change her first title, Forks, to the current title - and Reamer soon began to present the book to publishing houses. Shortly after, Reamer secured a three-book deal with a $750,000 advance from Little, Brown and Company. This marked the highest sum the publishing house had ever paid a new writer.
Twilight was released in 2005 to rave reviews. As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Meyer eschewed strong sexuality in her writing. Instead, she supplanted it with florid sensuality; a draw for her numerous (and primarily female) readers. Like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise, Meyer's book bridged the gap between teen and adult fiction. She also increased her popularity through her online accessibility, and frequently made herself available to her fan base. A best seller, the book was honored as a New York Times Editor's Choice and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. The following year, Meyer published her sophomore effort - the sequel New Moon - and sold the film rights to Twilight. With Eclipse (2007) and Breaking Dawn (2008), the four vampire books have sold over 250 million copies, and have been translated into 37 languages. Additionally, the film adaptation of Twilight, which stars actor Robert Pattinson, has grossed over $191 million domestically.Hide details