Stephanie Meyer is the author of The Host and The Twilight Saga; if you’re a fan of her work, check out these facts about the author here.
Her birth name was Stephanie Morgan.
She was born on December 24, 1973.
She hails from Hartford, Connecticut, in the United States.
She has five siblings.
A former English teacher described her as “bright but not overly so.”
Meyer has a BA in English.
She attended Brigham Young University in Utah, United States.
Both she and her husband, Christian Meyer, were 21 when they married.
They have three sons.
Since the take-off with her writing career, Meyer’s husband has officially retired to take care of the children.
She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Meyer had no previous writing experience before Twilight (2005).
The idea for Twilight came from a dream Meyer had on June 2, 2003.
The dream that Meyer had was written down became chapter thirteen of the book.
Meyer had never intended to publish her works, but her sister pushed her on.
There were nine rejection letters for Twilight.
When an agent accepted it, eight companies competed for its publishing rights.
Twilight later became a series. It was followed by New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007), Breaking Dawn (2008), and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (2010).
The first twelve chapters of a new novel in the series, Midnight Sun, were leaked online. Meyer has no plans to release it.
She was inspired to write by classic novelists such as Austen, Brontë, and Shakespeare.
Rock band Muse heavily influence her writing.
Her first foray into writing for adults was within the science-fiction genre. This was The Host (2008).
Meyer originally planned The Host to be a trilogy but fears about having to kill off some of her characters.
The Twilight series has been made into successful films by Summit Pictures.
The Host was released in 2013 by Open Road Films.
Fans of Meyer celebrate Stephanie Meyer Day on September 13th, which is the character Bella Swan’s birthday.
Entertainment Weekly said that Meyer was “the world’s most popular vampire novelist since Anne Rice.”
Meyer has been criticized by Stephen King, saying, “Twilight is all about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”
Meyer has also been criticized by feminists for Bella Swan’s “damsel in distress” persona and for Meyer romanticizing a psychically abusive relationship with vampire Edward.
Meyer has become the producer for Breaking Dawn: Part 1 and 2. She is also the producer for The Host and the upcoming adaptation of Shannon Hale’s novel, Austenland.