Stephanie is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and says that it has a huge influence on who she is as well as on her perspective of the world and thus influences what she writes.
Stephenie lists of her favorite authors/biggest influences as being: Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Maeve Binchy, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne DuMaurier, L. M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Eva Ibbotson, William Goldman, Douglas Adams, and Janet Evanovich. She also says that she cannot write without music and tells of her biggest muse being the band Muse. She also claims Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, Travis, The Strokes, Brand New, U2, Kasabian, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer as other sources of musical inspiration.
After writing the
novel Twilight, Stephenie was chosen by booksellers as one of the most
promising new authors of 2005. Twilight became a New York Times
Editor's Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, an Amazon
“Best Book of the Decade…So Far,” a Teen People “Hot List” pick, an
American Library Association “Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults” and “Top Ten
Books for Reluctant Readers” and has been translated into twenty languages.