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Speaking to Hypable at The Host press junket in Los Angeles on Saturday, author Stephenie Meyer told us about her new life balancing writing books while also dipping her foot into Hollywood.

Following the success of The Twilight Saga, Meyer’s next book-to-film adaptation, The Host, hits theaters March 29. Last year she shot Austenland starring Keri Russell which premiered at Sundance. She also has two book-to-film adaptations on her plate penned by other writers: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.

With Meyer clearly kicking off a career as a film producer, we decided to ask her what drew her to the job. “Have you ever read a book and imagined how it would be turned into a film? And the actors, and casting. I’ve always done that a little bit,” she told us. “I like movie adaptations, I almost always prefer the book. I can only think of one exception. I think that that’s just something I find fun. It’s like dollhouses and dressing up your barbies and whatever. It’s like playing a game. It’s a whole different type of creativity.”

The Host's Stephenie Meyer, Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max IronsShe also drew a clear line between why she enjoys each of these jobs. For her, producing is “a more collaborative space where you have people to hang out with who aren’t your imaginary friends,” she said. “But writing is more of a purer creative outlet. You don’t have to compromise on everything. Actors don’t tell you no, and you don’t have to cut scenes out for length. You can do whatever you want, and it’s a more free situation – but you also have to have private time to do it.”

Meyer says finding that private time to write has become more difficult for her. “Even without the movies, my kids are growing up, they’re more interactive. It’s hard for me to really disconnect my brain from them as much as I could when they were little and didn’t have as many conversations going on.”

While more producing with her company Fickle Fish is definitely in the future, she has a unique way of staying involved but not being on location. “I don’t want to be as active of a producer physically there all the time. I’d rather be there during the beginning stages. The scripting, the casting – I can do it from home. That’s why I have a partner because she’s going to do all the physical stuff. I’ll just sit home and say, ‘How’s it going?’ I’ll be home writing and she’ll be out in the dirt and dust, staying up all night doing night shoots. It’s going to be perfect.”

As for that one movie series she felt was better than the original book? “The Bourne movies. I like that he really is an assassin. I’d seen the movies first, and then you read the book and it’s a cop out – he’s actually a good guy. I was like ‘No, no, I want him to be a killer.’”

Meyer’s next two producing projects are Down a Dark Hall and Anna Dressed in Blood, which she says are still in early days. “We’re working on finding a writer for [Anna's] script. But Down a Dark Hall is the first on the conveyor belt, and so that one – when we get that to a place, we’ll move on to Anna.”

  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina

    I love that she’s still keeping on working at her job, as well as branching out a little with a new career…despite being rich enough to just kick back and do nothing for the rest of her life. She comes across as very down to earth; a very honest and simple lady.

    Good luck with your future projects, Stephenie :)

  • Sia

    I love her ! Saw the fandom interview video and she’s awesome !

  • annomonys

    I think she a cold harder person who just playing her fans around. We should stop buying her books and doing her movies. Since her fans appear to offended her by reading her books. Then blame her fan for something she did. If it weren’t for her fans she would not be a millionaire. We should not have to pay an author for an autographs when we ask. She need to stop hurting her fans and stop harrassing her actor and actress who plat in her movies. I used to be a fan but after reading what she had to say when we read her book. It was not only rude of her to blame me as a fan for reading her book that she put on the internet herself. Then make false announcement that she had the book out for her fan to read only to find out she was never going to published the book in the first place. She was just playing everyone around.

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