Stephenie Meyer's Biography
- Stephenie Meyer was born on December 24, 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut but grew up as a Mormon in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Stephenie Meyer was educated at Chaparral high school, Arizona, and studied English at Brigham Young University in Utah, which is owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints.
- Stephenie and her husband Christian Meyer married when she was 21. Christian, nicknamed Pancho, was an accountant/auditor who took over the care of their children Gabe, Seth, and Eli, when Stephenie was on the road.
- Stephenie Meyer's massive breakthrough was the book Twilight, published in 2005, the idea for which came to her in a dream in 2003.
- Nine publishers rejected Stephenie Meyer's Twilight manuscript, five others simply did not reply to her at all, but the 15th - Little Brown - offered a $750,000 three-book deal. Her initial rejection turning into huge success has seen Meyer compared to J K Rowling.
- Twilight's sequel, New Moon, was published in 2006, and for half a year was number one in The New York Times bestseller list.
- In 2007, the follow-up Eclipse was published.
- In 2008, the final book in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn was published and sold 1.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on the shelves.
- The Twilight saga was also made into films starring Robert Pattinson.
- Earlier in 2008, Stephenie Meyer had written The Host, her first novel for adults.
- In an interview with Stephenie Meyer in Entertainment Weekly, she told them that Orson Scott Card was her favourite living writer and her favourite writer of all was Jane Austen.
Stephenie Meyer: further information
- Stephenie Meyer's official site
- Stephenie Meyer's profile, in The Telegraph
- Stephenie Meyer's profile in The Observer