Meyer had never written even a short story before Twilight, and had considered going to law school because she felt she had no chance of becoming a writer; she later noted that the birth of her oldest son Gabe changed her mind, saying, “Once I had Gabe, I just wanted to be his mom.” Before becoming an author, Meyer’s only professional work was as a receptionist in a property company.
The Twilight novels have gained worldwide recognition, won multiple literary awards and sold over 85 million copies worldwide, with translations into 37 different languages. Meyer is also the author of the adult science-fiction novel The Host, which I also read and loved.
You can read more about this american author in her own site where she shares how it all started in “The Story Behind Twilight”.
Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean writer whose works sometimes contain aspects of the “magic realist” tradition. She is largely famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (1982) and City of the Beasts (2002), which have been commercially very successful.
Her novels often focus on the experiences of women, are sometimes based in part on her own experiences, and weave myth and realism together.
For a brief while in Chile, she had a job translating romance novels from English to Spanish. However, she was fired for making unauthorized changes to the dialogue of the heroines to make them sound more intelligent as well as altering the Cinderella endings to let the heroines find more independence and do good in the world.
As a journalist, she once sought an interview with Pablo Neruda, a notable Chilean poet. While Neruda accepted the interview, he told her that she had too much imagination to be a journalist and should be a novelist instead. And so her writing career began.
Read more and her useful Q &A here.
In 2002, the irish author Cecelia Ahern was twenty-one and wrote her first novel, PS, I Love You, which became a Bestseller (Ireland, U.K., U.S., Germany and Holland) and sold in over forty countries. The book was then adapted as a motion picture by the same name.
Her second book, Where Rainbows End (U.S. Love, Rosie), also reached number 1 in Ireland and the UK, and won the German CORINE Award in 2005.
So far, I’ve read 3 of her books: A Place Called Here, Thank You For The Memories and If You Could See Me Now, which is my favourite.
Unfortunately, I can’t find any advice for aspiring writers written by Cecelia. Her website has her complete biography, some interviews and several short stories.
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