Here’s the Q&A session Stephenie had during her visit to Hamburg, Germany. This Q & A was written (transcribed) by isabelle16 in LJ. Thanks to Sarah85
See the video version: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
1. How did you get the idea to write a love-story about vampires?
Well, I’m not a huge fan of horror novels. I’m kind of a chicken! And I *we can’t understand what she said anymore* I dreamed about vampires and it was such an exciting dream that I just wanted to write it and that was the beginning of chapter 13 of Twilight and since then I have not stopped writing about vampires.
2. You said ‘I wrote it for myself and for mothers thinking of their first unfulfilled love’. What does it mean? Did you remember such an unfulfilled love when you wrote the story?
When I wrote Twilight I wasn’t thinking about any audience besides myself and I think it was a chance for me to go back and relive first love again. You don’t get that more than once. Sometimes you get something better later on but first love is a onetime deal and I wanted to go through all of that terror and passion and fear and happiness that comes through love and that is kind of a rollercoaster ride and it’s amazingly thrilling to ride it.
Stephenie Meyer posted two new pics on her site of the her with a couple of cast members that she took when she visited the film set in Oregon.
Today Stephenie put up a new post on her myspace blog. She mentions good advice on how to get published and that she has no new info about the movie yet. She also says she got permission from her publisher to post the first chapter of The Host on Valentines Day!
Today Stephenie added these three new comments to her previous blog:
I always think of things I forgot as soon as I post something...
4) In regards to the question, "Is Breaking Dawn the last book in the Twilight Saga?" The answer is, "I don't know." It's the last one for a while, at least. Of course there will be Midnight Sun, but that's covering old material. I'm not sure if I will go forward with the Twilight characters--I'm a little burned out right now. Ask me again in two years.
5) "When are you going to put the first chapter of Breaking Dawn on your website?" I have no idea when or if I will get permission to post that. It may be in the special edition of Eclipse that will come out in June or July. It may never appear until BD is on the shelves.
Oh, I thought of another one!
6) "What does the cover of BD look like?" I don't know (are you sensing a theme here?). We have not decided on a cover yet--in fact, we are in a very early stage of the process. If we get a cover developed in time, it will probably be released with the Eclipse special edition the way the Eclipse cover was put out with the New Moon special edition. I've had a few people ask if images they've seen are the BD cover, and I can tell you absolutely that they are NOT.
Hopefully I've thought of everything now..
Thanks to Laura.
Today Stephenie Meyer blogged on her myspace page clearing up the Breaking Dawn book confusion, among other things:
”I’ve gotten a lot of questions on my comments page and in messages about Breaking Dawn and other Twilight Saga novels. Hopefully this will help:
1) Breaking Dawn is in the editing phase. It it tentatively set for release Fall 2008. It could be later if we hit a snag in editing. Usually editing takes longer than a few months, but both I and my editors will be putting in lots of overtime to make this happen.
2) Midnight Sun is only half-written. It will not be coming out until a while after it’s finished. Don’t expect it anytime soon. I will let you know when the rough draft is finished, and then you can start asking when it is due out. I don’t foresee much chance to work on it until Breaking Dawn is completely finished.
3) Forever Dawn (the early, poorly written sequel to Twilight) is not the “steamy” version of Breaking Dawn; I don’t know how that rumor got started. Forever Dawn is not adult as in “XXX.” It is adult as in “not written exclusively for a young adult audience, much like Pride and Prejudice or Gone With the Wind.” There is no steam in Forever Dawn that is not also in Breaking Dawn, so please stop begging me for the “ooh la la” version. It does not exist. I may put some small excerpts of Forever Dawn on my website after Breaking Dawn comes out, but then again, maybe not. It’s not that great. All the best stuff is in Breaking Dawn.New topic: the Twilight movie
I do not have any casting updates. I haven’t heard anything since the Robert Pattinson announcement. I’m waiting on the same pins and needles you all are. When I get home from vacation, I’ll see if I can get some news.”
So as we’ve said before Breaking Dawn = fall 2008. [Thanks Stephenie for clearing that up]
Stephenie Meyer updated the calendar on her site with dates for her book tour in Germany.
We just want to wish Stephenie a very Happy Birthday!!! And to all the fans a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Yesterday Stephenie Meyer posted a blog on her myspace that she finished the rough draft of Breaking Dawn. She says:
“I finished the ROUGH draft. Very, very rough. To put this in perspective, it took over two years from the rough draft stage of Twilight to the book being on store shelves. In general, I spend about a year to a year and a half editing a book. Don’t cry, though, because both I and Little Brown’s editorial staff are going to do everything in our power to get Breaking Dawn out Fall 2008. So, fingers crossed, it will be on time.”
Read her full blog entry here.