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Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s rags-to-riches story

London: With the release of the final chapter in Stephanie Meyer’s vampire romances, the curtains will finally descend on her rags-to-riches saga.

Her last book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, dubbed a novella by her publisher, will be released across the globe on June 5.

"At this point Stephenie does not have plans to return to the saga," The Daily Telegraph quoted publisher Megan Tingley as saying.

The 36-year-old stepped into the writing world with only a degree in literature and professional experience only as a receptionist. But has sold more than 100 million copies of her four-novel vampire story, with rights sold in almost 50 countries.

Though two successive film instalments of the book also hit the jackpot at the box-office, Breaking Dawn, released in 2008, "is the fourth and final book in the Twilight saga", said Tingley, senior vice president of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

For an inexperienced author, Meyer received an unprecedented sum of 750,000 dollars for three books and world rights. Tingley said Twilight was "an unparalleled break-out phenomenon not only for her, but for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers".

It is said that the writer meant for the work to be only for her own enjoyment, but convinced by sister, Meyer sent her story to a literary agent, Jodi Reamer of Writers House, who submitted it to several agents.

"When a publisher feels confident that they have discovered a promising new talent, they will sometimes offer an author a multiple book contract," said Tingley.

"This way we are investing in an author`s career, not just one book.

"In the case of Twilight, it was clear that this was the work of a major storyteller and the author clearly had many more ideas for how the world of Twilight could develop, so it made sense to sign up three books.

"It is remarkable that she was able to write and publish five 500-plus page novels in the course of four years (the four Twilight books and The Host)," she said.

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