Suzanne Collins began her professional career writing for children’s television. She worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. (via Web)

Author Profile

Birth date: August 10, 1962
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Genre: Fantasy, science fiction, children’s literature, young adult fiction
Spouse: Charles Pryor
Children: 2
Education: Indiana University, Bloomington (BA), New York University (MFA)

Interesting Facts

  • Suzanne Collins comes from a military family. Her father served in Vietnam when she was a child and he went on to make lieutenant colonel, her grandfather was gassed in World War I and her uncle was injured in World War II.
  • She worked for Nickelodeon on several shows, including Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.
  • As a result of her screenwriting background, she finds dialogue easier to write than descriptive passages.
  • When writing The Hunger Games Collins knew from the beginning that she was going to have to kill characters. She says this is a horrible thing to have to do and she hates writing death scenes.

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Notable Characters Created

+ Katniss Everdeen

+ Effie Trinket

+ Peeta Mellark