Stephenie Meyer Biography
Stephenie Meyer had never even written a short story before she wrote the hugely successful Twilight series of books.
She had thought about becoming a writer when she gained a BA in English in 1997 from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah but thought she had no chance of success, so she considered going to law school instead.
But by then she was married to her childhood sweetheart Christian Meyer, nicknamed Pancho. They grew up together in Arizona and married in 1994 when they were both 21. As soon as their first son Gabe was born all she wanted to do was be his Mum. Then she had two more sons Seth and Eli.
The idea for the first book in the series "Twilight" came to her in a dream on June 2nd 2003. She dreamt about a human girl and a vampire who was in love with her but thirsted for her blood.
She wrote the draft which turned out to be Chapter 13 of the book, and invented the plot during the day through swimming lessons and potty training. She would write late at night when the house was quiet and three months later her dream became the first Twilight novel.
She never intended to get the book published, she wrote for her own enjoyment, but she gave it to her sister to read and she was so impressed she persuaded Meyer to send it off to literary agents.
Out of 15 letters she wrote, 5 never answered, 9 rejected the manuscript then she had one positive response from Jodi Reamer of Writer's House.
In 2003 eight publishers competed for the rights to publish in an auction and by November 2003 she had signed a $750,000 three-book deal with Little Brown and Co.
The books gained worldwide recognition and sold over 100 million copies globally with translations into 37 different languages. They also spawned the successful "Twilight" films. In 2010 Forbes ranked her as the 59th most powerful celebrity with annual earnings of $40 million.
Her accountant husband has now retired to look after the children so she has more time to write and promote her books.
She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is very straight-laced about her beliefs. She never drinks alcohol and doesn't smoke.
Meyer has her critics who inevitably compare her to J.K. Rowling. Some even stated publicly "The difference between J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer is that Rowling can write, Meyer can't write a damn."
Feminists consider her books are anti-feminist as Bella's life revolves around Edward and she is never in control of her life.
In 2009 Meyer took part in "Project Book Babe," a benefit designed to help pay her friend Faith Hochhalter's medical bills after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She donated many advance reader copies of her books and original manuscripts to the auction.
The following year Stephenie Meyer teamed up with Hobo Skate Company to audition a "The Host" themed skateboard which sold for $1500 which was donated to charity.