Suzanne Collins has been in the public eye a lot lately because the movie version of her worldly famous book series The Hunger Games comes out this Friday. But Collins wasn’t always the well known award winning author she is today. Suzanne was born on August 11th in 1962. Her father was an Air Force officer so she spent most of her childhood moving around. She studied Theatre Arts in high school and graduated with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications from Indiana University. In 1991 Collins’ career really began, where she was a writer for children’s television shows. She was a big contributor to the Nickelodeon channel. She wrote for shows like, Clarissa Explains It All, Little Bear, and Oswald. I used to watch Little Bear all the time so I thought it was interesting to think that the woman who wrote one of my favorite books also wrote for one of my favorite shows when I was younger. Also, if you read the famous book series Clifford’s Puppy Days you might now just be learning that Collins was the head writer for it.
Later in her career Collins then became a children’s books author. Her New York Times best selling series The Underland Chronicles came out between 2003 and 2007. Her five books of the series were inspired by the idea she thought of about Alice in Wonderland and how it was more likely for kids to be found in an urban setting rather than a meadow and to fall down a man hole instead of a rabbit hole. This creativity she had to think from a child’s realistic perspective is probably what helped her writing become so well known and successful. In September 2008, her fist book of the trilogy The Hunger Games was released. The two books that followed were Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Collins has had much success since the publication of The Hunger Games and according to Time magazine, she was one of the most influential people of 2010.
Where is she now? Since The Hunger Games trilogy is finished Suzanne lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. Right now she is in the process of creating a picture book with James Proimos.
I read The Hunger Games myself and experienced first hand the creative and powerful writing style Collins has. Although action books are not always my favorite The Hunger Games was a book that had enough action to keep it suspensful and enough character relationships to keep it interesting. I think the whole trilogy is a good read for kids and adults and a captivating new type of story line.
Here’s the trailer for the movie version of The Hunger Games, which comes out March 23rd. I recommend you read the book and see the movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNxb28j5C1w&ob=av3e
If you’ve read the book, The Hunger Games are you going to see the movie? And what are your thoughts about Suzanne as a writer?