Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University, Utah, with a bachelor's degree in English. She resides with her husband and three sons in Phoenix, Arizona. To date, she has published five novels, including the best-selling Twilight series, and numerous short stories, novellas, graphic novels and companion books. In recent years she has also worked as a film producer, overseeing the adaption of her famous Twilight books into a blockbusting series of motion pictures. She is well-known as a committed and practicing Mormon and these conservative values are reflected in her writing, which features a distinct lack of alcohol, drugs or sex, despite the contemporary themes the books address. In 2008 Meyer ranked #49 in Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People'. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and it is estimated that she has sold more 100 million books worldwide.
Author's Comment: I know the exact date that I began writing Twilight, because it was also the first day of swim lessons for my kids. So I can say with certainty that it all started on June 2, 2003. Up to this point, I had not written anything besides a few chapters (of other stories) that I never got very far on, and nothing at all since the birth of my first son, six years earlier. I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately.