Stephenie Meyer’s life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003.
The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.
“Though I had a million things to do, I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn’t done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering.”
Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet. Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight.
With encouragement from her older sister (the only other person who knew she had written a book), Meyer submitted her manuscript to various literary agencies.
Twilight was picked out of a slush pile at Writer’s House and eventually made its way to Little, Brown where everyone fell immediately in love with the gripping, star-crossed lovers theme.
Twilight was one of 2005’s most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list. Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an “ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults,” an Amazon.com “Best Book of the Decade…So Far”, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and has spent more than 25 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list.
In 2007, Eclipse landed literally around the world and fans made the Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon! With midnight parties, vampire-themed proms and more the enthusiasm for the series continues to grow.
On August 2, 2008, the final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn was released at 12:01 midnight. Stephenie made another appearance on “Good Morning America” and was featured in many national media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, People Magazine and Variety. While Stephenie won’t be touring in the traditional sense for Breaking Dawn, she will be headlining the Breaking Dawn Concert Series in 4 major markets across the U.S.
One of Meyer’s favorite things about being on the road is seeing how creative her fans get in their appearance – either dressing up as characters from the books or making clever homemade t-shirts.
With the release of the Twilight the movie in theaters nationwide on December 12, 2008, the phenomenon continues to grow.
Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature, and is often asked “What’s a nice Mormon girl like you doing writing about vampires?”
She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.
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A NOTE FROM STEPHENIE MEYER (July 2007)
Welcome to Little, Brown’s new website!
You’ll be able to find all of the latest news about the books, my tour schedule, reviews, photos, free downloads, streaming playlists, polls, contests and prizes. Pretty much everything but Edward himself (I know, I know…).
There are also discussion boards for all the fans to discuss the books – and you never know, I might even show up every once in awhile.
I’m also excited that they have created a Flickr group where you can share photos with other fans, but please remember only post good photos of me!
I hope you enjoy the website, and I look forward to hearing what everybody thinks of “Eclipse