Introduction

by Sara McEwen

This chapter is a free excerpt from Biography of Stephenie Meyer.

In 2003, a young stay-at-home mother living in Arizona woke up at four in the morning, still reeling from a dream that she could not shake out of her mind. Stephenie Meyer had never really wanted to be a writer and had never written so much as a single short story before, but she felt compelled to turn this dream into a novel. Although she tried to focus on her usual daily routine of caring for her three young sons and doing chores around the house and around her town of Cave Creek, the dream still lingered, filling her head with visions of a good-hearted but tortured vampire and the ordinary teenage girl who fell in love with him. Meyer eventually found a moment of free time and wrote down parts of her dream, fleshing out the ideas to give them a narrative and a voice. That story was at the root of Meyer’s bestselling series that would take the world by storm.


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In 2003, a young stay-at-home mother living in Arizona woke up at four in the morning, still reeling from a dream that she could not shake out of her mind. Stephenie Meyer had never really wanted to be a writer and had never written so much as a single short story before, but she felt compelled to turn this dream into a novel. Although she tried to focus on her usual daily routine of caring for her three young sons and doing chores around the house and around her town of Cave Creek, the dream still lingered, filling her head with visions of a good-hearted but tortured vampire and the ordinary teenage girl who fell in love with him. Meyer eventually found a moment of free time and wrote down parts of her dream, fleshing out the ideas to give them a narrative and a voice. That story was at the root of Meyer’s bestselling series that would take the world by storm.

Meyer's inspiration led her to create a compelling and addictive young adult novel. She wrote the first draft of her novel in only three months, working whenever her schedule as a stay-at-home mother would allow, snatching moments of free time while her children were asleep or her husband, Pancho, took care of the chores. Instead of setting the story in sunny Arizona, the state where she grew up, Meyer chose the rainy forests of Forks, Washington.

Source: Stephenie Meyer.

Meyer's main character, Edward Cullen, is a brooding and angst-riddled vampire who occupies the body of a handsome teenager, although he has walked the earth for over a century. Bella Swan, on the other hand, does not really have anything too special about her. She is pretty and smart, but not overly so. When Edward and Bella meet at high school, it does not take long for Bella to figure out Edward's dark secret. The two begin a rocky and passionate love affair, despite the lingering problem: Edward is irresistibly attracted to the smell of Bella's blood.

The first book, titled Twilight, was published in 2005, and followed by three sequels, each one as wildly popular as the last. But despite the intrigue, danger and glamour of her series, and the fame and fortune it has brought herk, Meyer's own life has been contented, quiet and happy. The workings of her imagination have managed to spark an international phenomenon that has touched hearts and built Meyer a lasting and loving fan base.

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