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Stephenie Meyer's Biography

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Stephenie Meyer was born on December 24, 1973, in Hartford, Connecticut but grew up as a Mormon in Phoenix, Arizona.

She 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.


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