Stephenie Meyer (née Morgan, born December 24, 1973) is the American author of the Twilight Saga and The Host. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. She was born on December the 24th 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut to Stephen and Candy Morgan.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Meyer was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, with five siblings: Emily, Heidi, Paul, Seth and Jacob, all of whom are mentioned in the Twilight series. Meyer attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she majored in English. She met her husband Christian, nicknamed "Pancho", while growing up in Arizona, and married him in 1994. They have three sons, Gabe, Seth, and Eli.
Writing[edit | edit source]
Meyer says that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream. After writing the novel, she signed a three-book deal with Little, Brown and Company.
The sequel to Twilight, New Moon, had an unintentional staggered release all over North America, beginning in early August 2006. Meyer initially wrote an alternative sequel to Twilight, called Forever Dawn, which she then used as an outline for the remainder of the series. She has stated that the novel will never be published, as it doesn't fall into the genre of young adult. The third book in the series, Eclipse, was released on August 7, 2007. The fourth book, Breaking Dawn, was released on August 2, 2008. Meyer revealed that Breaking Dawn will be the last book written from Bella Swan's perspective. Meyer was also writing Midnight Sun, a companion piece to the series that would describe Twilight from the view of Edward Cullen, but has put the project on hold due to a leak. The book has been put on hold until August 4, 2020, when it was finally published. Later that month, Stephenie revealed she had plans for at least two more Twilight novels.
Muse[edit | edit source]
The band Muse features prominently in the Twilight series. Meyer is a huge fan and always includes songs by the band in her playlists for the books. The song "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse is included in the Twilight movie, and is on the film's soundtrack.
And, finally, thank you to the talented musicians who inspire me, particularly the band Muse - there are emotions, scenes, and plot threads in this novel that were born from Muse songs and would not exist without their genius.
Published works[edit | edit source]
Twilight series[edit | edit source]
Meyer soon published the sequel to Twilight, New Moon, in August 2006. In its first week of release, it debuted at the number 5 position on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children's Chapter Books. In its second week it rose to the number 1 position, where it remained for the next eleven weeks. In total, it spent over 50 weeks on the list. On May 5, 2007, the special edition of New Moon was released. It included New Moon temporary tattoos, an Eclipse poster, and the first chapter of Eclipse.
On May 31, 2008, the special edition of Eclipse was released. It contains the cover art and first chapter of Breaking Dawn as well as "Team Edward" and "Team Jacob" t-shirt transfers.
Breaking Dawn was released on August 2, 2008 in North America. The book was released two days later, on the 4th of August, in locations outside of North America.
On March 30, 2010, it was announced that Meyer had written a 200-page novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. The book was released on June 5, 2010, by Atom and was also available for free between June 7 and July 5 on the official website.
On October 6th, 2015, Meyer published the 400-page novella, Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original novel's release. The book itself reflects the story of Twilight, but with almost every character swapped in gender. Stephenie admitted that the idea was inspired by a quote by Kristen Stewart at New York Comic Con when Meyer had an interview with Josh Horowitz.
Stephenie Meyer has mentioned in an interview that if she were to write further books in the Twilight universe, she would likely narrate from Renesmee's or Leah Clearwater's perspectives, since the love story of Bella and Edward has reached its ending. She also mentioned in another interview that there is a chance that she might go back to writing The Twilight Saga, and refused to answer any question regarding Renesmee's future. During her 2020 Book tour for Midnight Sun she updated her fans that have been curious about any future Twilight Saga books, she revealed that she plans on writing two more books to finish the series completely and one of them will be a Renesmee and Jacob book which takes place four years after Breaking Dawn. She doesn’t say when the books will come out since she is currently writing books that are on her agenda but she did say that when she has an idea for Renesmee and Jacobs book she writes it down.
Other works[edit | edit source]
One of Meyer's stories was published in Prom Nights from Hell, a collection of stories about bad prom nights with supernatural effects. Other authors who contributed to this collection are Meg Cabot, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, and Lauren Myracle. Prom Nights from Hell was released April 10, 2007.
On May 6, 2008, Meyer's adult sci-fi novel, The Host, was released by the adult division of Little, Brown and Company; it follows the story of Melanie Stryder and Wanderer, a young woman and an invading "soul", who are forced to work as one in order to find Jamie and Jared, Melanie's little brother and the love of Melanie's life, respectively.
She also wrote an adult thriller novel, The Chemist, which was released in 2016.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
She made an appearance in the Twilight film, as a woman in the diner, presumably writing on her laptop. The waitress addresses her as "Stephenie" and hands her a vegetarian plate of food. In 2011, she made an appearance in the Breaking Dawn - Part 1 film, as one of the guests at Bella and Edward's wedding.
References[edit | edit source]
- Carma Wadley (2008-05-11). Meyer on fire with books. Deseret News. Retrieved on 2008-06-30.
- Children's Books: Best Sellers from The New York Times, August 2007
- Stephenie Meyer: A New J.K. Rowling? | Time magazine
- Flood, Alison (30 March 2010). "Stephenie Meyer to publish new Twilight novella", London: The Guardian. Retrieved on 30 March 2010.
- Debi Moore (2010-03-30). New Twilight Novella Coming: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. DC. Dread Central. Retrieved on 2010-03-30.
- "Stephenie Meyer on how Kristen Stewart inspired her to write “Twilight Reimagined: Life and Death” in a new interview with THR", Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 20 October 2015.
- Andy Lewis (October 19, 2015). Stephenie Meyer Talks 'Twilight's' 10th Anniversary, 'Life and Death'. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on October 19, 2015.