Suzanne Collins was born on 10th August 1962 in Hartford Connecticut, the youngest of four siblings.
In 1980, Collins graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana University in 1985, with a double major in theatre and telecommunications.
Her writing career began in children’s television, working for Nickelodeon on shows such as “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Oswald”. Collins’ first novel “Gregor the Overlander” was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland”, the first of a series of five books which became a New York Times bestselling series.
Suzanne Collins is probably best known however for her “Hunger Games Trilogy” which has sold over 100 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages. “Hunger Games” is the dystopian story of children aged 12-18 fighting for their lives in a televised battle, where only one can survive. The first book of the trilogy was published in 2008 and was soon snapped up by Lion’s Gate Entertainment for a film starring Jennifer Lawrence as protagonist Katniss Everdeen.
In June of this year, Collins announced that she was working on a prequel to The Hunger Games, telling the story of a failed rebellion 64 years before the original books. At the time of writing the novel has no title, but publishers Scholastic say it will be released on 19th May 2020.
“Telling a story in a futuristic world gives you this freedom to explore things that bother you in contemporary times.”
“Whenever I write a story, I hope it appeals to both boys and girls.”
“One of the most memorable things I hear is when someone tells me that my books got a reluctant reader to read.”
“I think we put our children at an enormous disadvantage by not educating them in war, by not letting them understand about it at an early age.”
“I think people respond to dystopian stories because they’re ways of acting out anxieties that we have and fears that we have about the future.”
“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”
“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”