Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer (Morgan, born December 24, 1973) is an American author, known for her vampire romance series Twilight. The Twilight novels have sold over 42 million copies worldwide, with translations into 37 different languages around the globe. A film adaptation of Twilight was released in the United States on November 21, 2008. Meyer is also the author of the adult science-fiction novel The Host.

Meyer was named USA Today's "Author of the Year" in 2008. She was also the biggest selling author of the year, having sold over 22 million books in 2008 alone, with Twilight being the best selling book of the year. In 2009, she was included in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world's most powerful celebrities, entering at number 26.

Stephenie Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Stephen and Candy Morgan. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, with five siblings: Seth, Emily, Jacob, Paul, and Heidi. She attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she received a B.A. in English in 1995.[8] Meyer met her husband Christian, nicknamed "Pancho", when she was growing up in Arizona, and married him in 1994. Together they have three sons: Gabe, Seth, and Eli.

Twilight Series

Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, 2003.[9] The dream was about a human girl, and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood.[9] Based on this dream, Meyer wrote the transcript of what is now Chapter 13 of the book.[10] Despite having very little writing experience, in a matter of three months she had transformed that vivid dream into a completed novel.[11] After writing and editing the novel, she signed a three-book deal with Little, Brown and Company for $750,000. The book was released in 2005.

Twilight quickly gained popularity and received numerous recognitions, including:

  • A New York Times Editor's Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • An "Best Book of the Decade...So Far"
  • A Teen People "Hot List" pick
  • An American Library Association "Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults" and "Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers”
  • The novel reached #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list for young adult chapter books,[12] and has been translated into 20 languages.

    Following the success of Twilight (2005), Meyer expanded the story into a series with three more books: New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), and Breaking Dawn (2008). In its first week after publication, the first sequel, New Moon, debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Chapter Books, and in its second week rose to the #1 position, where it remained for the next eleven weeks. In total, it spent over 50 weeks on the list.[14] After the release of Eclipse, the first three "Twilight" books spent a combined 143 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.[15] The fourth installment of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, was released with an initial print run of 3.7 million copies.[16] Over 1.3 million copies were sold on the first day alone, setting a record in first-day sales performance for the Hachette Book Group USA.[17] The novel also won Meyer her first British Book Award, despite competition with JK Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard.[18] The series as a whole has sold over 42 million copies worldwide[2][3] in 37 countries.[19] In 2008, the four books of the series claimed the top four spots on USA Today's year-end bestseller list, making Meyer the first author to ever achieve this feat and the bestselling author of the year.[5]

    Upon the completion of the fourth entry in the series, Meyer indicated that Breaking Dawn would be the final novel to be told from Bella Swan's perspective.[20] Midnight Sun was to be a companion novel to the series. It would be a retelling of the events of the novel Twilight, but from the perspective of Edward Cullen (as opposed to Bella Swan).[21] Meyer had hoped to have Midnight Sun published some time shortly after the release of Breaking Dawn, but after an online leak of a rough draft of its first 12 chapters, Meyer chose to delay the project indefinitely.[21][22] In addition, since Meyer has decided to pursue non-Twilight related books as a result of the leak, she made the rough chapters of "Midnight Sun" available on her website.