Thursday, March 31, 2011

Full USA Today Interview with Stephenie Meyer

Yesterday we given a teaser interview from USA today, and were promised the full thing today.... well, here it is! Enjoy :)

VANCOUVER, B.C. — When Stephenie Meyer walks into a room of Twilight fans, there's no doubt she's their undisputed vampire queen.

Ten lucky Twilight fans from around the world have come to this metropolitan Canadian city to meet the mega-selling author whose young-adult novels about an alluring vampire and his human soul mate have entranced them since 2005.

It's hard to say who's enjoying this total Twilight talkfest more — the attendees or the writer.

"I just love having the chance to sit down with a small group of fans," says Meyer, who is looking a little more Hollywood these days and a bit less like a suburban mom of three. "Bigger events are just too nerve-racking."

For this literary star, the days of chatting with a few fans at a local bookstore are over. Meyer is an international celebrity. Her books sell in dozens of countries. The film versions are hotly anticipated. Fan sites have gone viral.

This two-day chat fest with Meyer, which took place last Friday and Saturday, was a top-secret affair. Even the attendees weren't told where in the world they'd be meeting with Meyer until after they were notified they were among the chosen 10.

But every Twilight fan intuitively knows why Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is a logical meeting place — the cast and crew of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2, the final movies based on the four-book series, have been filming here since mid-February.

Stephenie Meyer by the numbers
Tallying her career:

2: New books this year: The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, out April 12; Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2, on-sale date not yet announced
38: Number of times Meyer has been No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list
167: Number of consecutive weeks one of the Twilight Saga novels has been in the top 50
116 million: Copies of the Twilight Saga, in all formats, sold worldwide
$192.7 million: Gross domestic box office for Twilight (2008)
$296.6 million: Gross domestic box office for The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
$300.5 million: Gross domestic box office for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)