Stephenie Meyer (December 24, 1973 - ..)
Born: 24th December, 1973
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Author
Region: Hartford, Connecticut, Twilight Saga, "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner", "Breaking Dawn", "Eclipse", "New Moon", "Twilight"

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Biography

Stephenie Meyer, nee Stephenie Morgan, (born December 24, 1973, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.), American author known for the popular Twilight Saga, a series of vampire-themed novels for teenagers.

Meyer, who was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, received a National Merit Scholarship and attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree (1997) in English literature. She married in 1994 and worked as a homemaker, caring for her three sons.

Inspired by a dream, Meyer completed the manuscript for her first book, Twilight (2005; film 2008), in three months. Soon thereafter Little, Brown and Co. offered her $750,000--the most the company had ever offered a first-time author--for the manuscript and two future books. The Twilight Saga, as her series of four books came to be known, tells the story--fraught with danger, suspense, and searing passion--of teenager Bella Swan and her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen. Meyer described her vampires as "very light"--sensitive, thoughtful, even beautiful figures rather than blood-guzzling predators. Some, like Edward and his family, do not drink human blood. They also do not turn into bats or sleep in coffins, and they travel abroad in daylight. This unconventional take on vampires, along with vivid characterizations and spot-on portrayals of obsessive love and other varieties of teen angst, won Meyer a fervid following among teenage girls.

Twilight won accolades from The New York Times, the American Library Association, and Publishers Weekly, which named Meyer one of the most promising new authors of 2005. The novel introduces Bella as she moves to Washington state and first meets Edward, who instantly falls for her even though he is a vampire. Meyer's second novel, New Moon (2006; film 2009), in which Bella befriends a young werewolf named Jacob Black, topped the list of best-selling children's chapter books in The New York Times within a month of its publication. In the third book, Eclipse (2007; film 2010), Bella must choose between Edward and Jacob, hoping all the while that she does not inflame an age-old conflict between vampires and werewolves. After only one day on bookstore shelves, Eclipse had sold 150,000 copies. In 2007 the Twilight Saga finally edged J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter from his perennial perch atop The New York Times best-seller list for series books.

Meyer took a break from her expanding narrative to publish The Host (2008; film 2013). With a similar focus on romantic entanglements between young adults and paranormal beings, the novel presented a world in which extraterrestrials have implanted their consciousness within human bodies, and it extended Meyer's commercial success. She then concluded the Twilight Saga with Breaking Dawn (2008; film part 1, 2011, part 2, 2012), the publication of which was commemorated by bookstores across the United States with vampire-themed parties held before the title went on sale at midnight. In 2010 Meyer published The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, a novella about a "newborn" vampire that appeared in Eclipse. Meyer made a foray into the spy genre with The Chemist (2016), which centres on a female former agent who specializes in interrogations.

Notwithstanding the erotic tension of her novels, Meyer, a Mormon committed to keeping her writing consistent with her faith, eschewed sexual explicitness, a decision that made her popular with parents.

Top 33 Stephenie Meyer quotes

I just know I'm too much of a wuss for Stephen King's books. I'm way too chicken to read horror.
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Horror
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King
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I grew up in a community where it was not the exception to be a good girl. It was sort of expected. And all of my friends were good girls too, and my boyfriends were good boys. Everybody was pretty nice. And that affects how I write my characters. There aren't very many bad guys in my novels.
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I tried, after I wrote 'Twilight,' to read 'The Historian,' because it was the big thing that summer. But I can't read other people's vampires. If it's too close, I get upset; if it's too far away, I get upset. It just makes me very neurotic.
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Far away
Get
Historian
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I've seen little pieces of 'Interview with a Vampire' when it was on TV, but I kind of always go yuck! I don't watch R-rated movies, so that really cuts down on a lot of the horror.
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What's funny about that is when I was writing Twilight just for myself and not thinking of it as a book, I was not thinking about publishing, and yet at the same time I was casting it in my head. Because when I read books, I see them very visually.
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And then writing, it was like I just found it, you know? Like you just found your favorite flavor of ice cream, all of a sudden there it is. 'This is what I should have been doing for the last thirty years. What was I thinking?' So I was, then I was in and then I had to just keep going with it.
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I had the easiest publishing experience in the entire world. I sent out fifteen courier letters to agents, got five no replies, nine rejections and one I want to see it. A month later I had an agent. Another month later I had a three book deal with Little Brown.
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Entire world
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I don't want to be a vampire. A lot of other people do and I think it's that dual nature - we have, you know, terrifying/intriguing.
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Know
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Other
People
Think
Vampire
Want
You
That actually is one of my huge challenges right now because I write best at night, no question. I can focus. You know you're not getting any phone calls, I can shut everything down, and I'm just more creative at night.
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Because
Best
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Down
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Sometimes ideas feel like they were already there, and that you're just discovering them.
Discovering
Feel
Ideas
Just
Like
Sometimes
Them
Were
You
Becoming a vampire is forever. You don't get to change your mind about it later. For me, I think that's one of the big drawbacks with anything that's permanent. How do you know how you're going to feel in five years or 10 years? Even with a tattoo.
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Vampirism, for me, was a way to live in fantasy and have superpowers, but not just in a really perfect, happy, everything is great way. It's superpowers with a cost. It's having to be the villain, and what do you do about that.
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Cost
Everything
Fantasy
Great
Great way
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Having
Just
Live
Me
Perfect
Really
Superpowers
I can always make things longer than I intend for them to be, but cutting things down is just brutal. It's like cutting off your fingers every time you lose a word.
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Brutal
Cutting
Down
Every
Every time
Fingers
I can
Intend
Just
Like
Longer
Lose
Make
Casting is really exciting. With 'Twilight,' I wasn't involved at all with the casting in the original. They kept me in the loop, which was great. They'd be like, 'Hey Kristen Stewart's gonna do it' and I was like, 'Really? Awesome.'
Awesome
Casting
Exciting
Gonna
Great
Hey
Involved
Kept
Like
Loop
Me
Original
Really
Twilight
I feel like reading really defined me as a writer because I lived my life outside of my own body for so much of my life and I loved it. I've always been a reader. I think living all those stories served me to naturally take that next step to creating.
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I feel like
I think
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Living
It's easier to come up with new stories than it is to finish the ones you already have. I think every author would feel that way.
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Easier
Every
Feel
I think
New
Stories
Than
Think
Up
Way
Would
You
When I was 8, I was reading 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Pride and Prejudice' and all that, not knowing it wasn't my reading level.
Gone
Gone with the wind
Knowing
Level
Not knowing
Prejudice
Pride
Pride and prejudice
Reading
Wind
There was a different ending to 'New Moon' originally. It was a much quieter book. It was very much all in Bella's head.
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Moon
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New
Originally
Quieter
Very
It's sad when you can't make everyone happy, though. It's impossible but, at the same time, you still hope. You think, 'Maybe I can do it,' but you know you can't. But gosh, if I had to rely on giving people what they wanted, I would have had to write 40 billion different books and even then, I wouldn't get it right.
Billion
Books
Different
Even
Everyone
Get
Giving
Gosh
Had
Happy
Hope
I can
Impossible
Know
As far as expense, I think if 'Twilight' does well enough, then we should be able to do the big expensive stuff for the sequels. I mean, we have to have werewolves, there's no way around it. They have to be there.
Able
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As far as
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Enough
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Expensive
Far
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Mean
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Should
Stuff
When I first started with 'Twilight,' I didn't have any experience. I didn't know what I was doing. So I was pretty intimidated by the editors and the publishers, and I felt like I was a kid in school with the principal telling me what to do! It was hard for me.
Any
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Principal
The first sequel thing I wrote was this 'Forever Dawn' thing that will never get out, because it's horrid. But it's a really good outline for 'Breaking Dawn' - it's very similar. I knew what I was doing, which is good, because I think if I hadn't, there might have been a lot of pressure.
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Breaking
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Get
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Never
Maybe it's because I'm a little naive, but I do like to think that there aren't really very many truly bad people in the world. I think that everybody has their reasons for what they do, and if you really look through their eyes, you could probably understand them.
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Bad people
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Could
Everybody
Eyes
I think
Like
Little
Look
Many
Maybe
Naive
People
It's important for me to be free and know I'm acting for myself. I do things because I want to, and that's important. You want to be your own person.
Acting
Because
Free
Important
Know
Me
Myself
Own
Person
Things
Want
You
Your
If I were to continue on with 'The Host,' which is a possibility, there are characters and stories that could continue... If I went ahead with that, it would be two more... Next would be 'The Soul,' and then 'The Seeker.'
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Characters
Continue
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More
Next
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Seeker
Soul
Stories
Then
Two
Were
With 'Twilight,' I felt the actors needed to be up-and-coming artists that haven't been recognized yet.
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Artists
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Felt
Needed
Recognized
Twilight
With 'The Host,' I think the actors could be really big names. That would be cool. I'd love to see Robert Redford put on a beard and be Jeb; he would be amazing... Matt Damon has some very Jared-esque qualities, and then Casey Affleck as Ian and Ben Affleck as Kyle. Imagine the interplay.
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I'd really like having a couple days of being a rock star, although I'd rather be a backup - like maybe the drummer for Muse... It would also be fun to be gorgeous, like be Charlize Theron, just for a couple of days.
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All I can guess is that when I write, I forget that it's not real. I'm living the story, and I think people can read that sincerity about the characters. They are real to me while I'm writing them, and I think that makes them real to the readers as well.
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I think
I write
Living
Makes
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Readers
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I always write things that entertain me, and one of the things that I find really enjoyable to explore is the idea of love. I like looking at my own life and my friends and family and how love changes who you are. It fascinates me.
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Being Mormon is a big part of who I am, and I try very hard to live the right way, but I don't know that I'm an example. I hate to say, 'Yes, look at me. I'm a good example of being Mormon.' I want to be the best person I can be, so in that aspect, maybe I'm a good example.
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Big part
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Good example
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When 'Twilight' hit the New York Times bestseller list at number 5, for me that was the pinnacle, that was the moment. I never thought I would be there. And I keep having moments like that where you just stop and say, wait a minute - how is this still going up? I'm waiting for the rug to be pulled out from under me.
Bestseller
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Having
Hit
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Keep
Like
List
Me
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Moment
Moments
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No, actually 'The Host' was totally a palate-cleanser for me. I wanted to do something a little bit different than romantic love. Romantic love is in there, obviously, because I enjoy writing about that and living it a lot.
About
Actually
Because
Bit
Different
Enjoy
Host
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Little bit
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Lot
Love
Love is
Me

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