About The Author
Suzanne Collins was born in Connecticut. Her writing career began in children's television, on shows including Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.
It was a meeting with a children's writer that inspired her to try writing books for children herself. The Underland Chronicles, beginning with Gregor the Overlander in 2003, ran to five volumes. She also wrote two rhyming picture books featuring a character called Charlie McButton.
But it has been the Hunger Games trilogy that has made her into the latest star of young adult fiction. The first book, The Hunger Games, was published in 2008, followed by Catching Fire in 2009 and Mockingjay in 2010.
The books are written from the point of view of Katniss Everdeen, who lives in Panem, a post-apocalyptic country of twelve districts where the nations of North America used to be. All power and wealth is held by the advanced metropolis of the Capitol. Each year one boy and one girl from each of the outlying districts are selected to compete in the Hunger Games, a televised contest which only one contestant can survive.
Assisted by the release in March 2012 of a film adaptation of the first book, starring Jennifer Lawrence and co-written by Collins, the trilogy has sold millions of copies in over two dozen languages worldwide.
In a recent interview Suzanne revealed how she was influenced by Greek mythology, the appeal of reality television and her favourite novels.
Catch the first chapter of Hunger Games here or Catching Fire here.
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