Who is Suzanne Collins?
The youngest of four children, Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut. Being the daughter of an Air Force officer, Collins moved a lot as a child, living in places like New York City and Brussels.
Suzanne graduated high school from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 1980. She then enrolled at Indiana University, where she graduated with a double major in theater and telecommunications. Later she went on to earn a master's degree in dramatic writing from New York University.
Collins wrote several children's television programs including Clarissa Explains It All and Little Bear. The success of her work caught the notice of James Proimos, creator of the WB children's program Generation O!, who hired Collins as his head writer.
The Hunger Games trilogy was first born while she was watching television late one night. While flipping through channels, Collins was struck by the similarities between reality TV and coverage of the Iraq war. "We have so much programming coming at us all the time," she says. "Is it too much? Are we becoming desensitized to the entire experience? I can't believe a certain amount of that isn't happening."
The story revolves around a rebel heroine named Katniss Everdeen who happens to live in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, formerly known as North America. In Panem, the Hunger Games are an annual event where young boys and girls fight to the death in a broadcast battle.
The series’ first book, The Hunger Games, was released in 2008. Its two sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were published in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The series made a huge success, selling more than 50 million print and electronic copies.