Suzanne Collins Biography
Sun Sign: Leo
Born in: Hartford
Famous as: Television writer
Spouse/Ex-: Charles Pryor
father: Michael Collins
mother: Jane Collins
siblings: Drew Collins, Joanie Collins, Kathy Collins
children: Charlie Pryor, Isabel Pryor
U.S. State: Connecticut
education: Alabama School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Bloomington
awards: 2012 - Teen Choice Award for Choice Book - The Hunger Games trilogy
2013 - Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Book - The Hunger Games trilogy
2010 - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award - The Hunger Games
2010 - Goodreads Choice Awards Favorite Book - Mockingjay
2009 - Goodreads Choice Awards Young Adult Series - Catching Fire
2010 - Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction - Mockingjay
2009 - Goodreads Choice Awards All-Time Favorite - Catching Fire
2009 - Hal Clement Award - The Hunger Games
2008 - Cybils Awards for Fantasy & Science Fiction - Young Adult - The Hunger Games
2010 - Goodreads Choice Awards Favorite Hero - Mockingjay
2010 - Goodreads Choice Awards Favorite Heroine - Mockingjay
2011 - California Young Reader Medal: Young Adult - The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, is a famous author of children’s books, best known for the trilogy, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Catching Fire’, and ‘Mockingjay’. Having studied drama, and pursued specialization in writing for the theatre, the young woman started out writing scripts for popular animated television shows for children. She has written episodes of series like 'Clarissa Explains It All', 'Little Bear', and ‘Oswald’, all favourites of children. After pursuing a career in television scriptwriting for almost thirteen years, she decided to become an author of children’s books. She began with 'Gregor the Overlander', the first book of ‘The Underland Chronicles’. She says that her inspirations came from the classic favourite, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, assuming what would happen if someone slipped into a manhole rather than a key hole, and what they would find instead of the high tea. The book was declared a bestseller by ‘The New York Times’ and she produced more books as a part of the same series. Soon, she wrote ‘The Hunger Games’, which became so popular that 1.5 million copies of it, and its sequel, ‘Catching Fire’, sold out quickly. She followed it up with a second sequel, ‘Mockingjay’, which too became widely read. With such popular books to her credit, she has made a name for herself as a writer of children’s and young adults’ fiction
- Suzanne Marie Collins was born to Michael, who worked for the U.S. Air Force, and his wife, Jane, on August 10, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut. Owing to her father's career, the girl lived in various regions of the eastern United States.
- She attended the 'Alabama School of Fine Arts', Birmingham, to pursue a course in Theatre Arts. She received her degree from the school, at the age of eighteen, in the year 1980.
- In 1985, she completed her Bachelor of Arts from the 'Indiana University', specializing in telecommunications and theatre.
- She went on to pursue Dramatic Writing from the 'New York University Tisch School of the Arts', from where she received her degree in 1989.
- In 1991, Suzanne started writing scripts for TV shows aimed at children, beginning with 'Clarissa Explains It All', which was telecast on 'Nickelodeon' for four years.
- From 1996-1999, she wrote scripts for popular animated shows like 'The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo', and 'Little Bear'. The latter was based on Else Holmelund Minarik's book, and was first telecast on 'Children's BBC', in the UK.
- 'Oswald', featuring a blue octopus, first aired on 'Nick Jr' in 2001, also had Collins as its scriptwriter. The same year, she co-authored the script of 'Santa, Baby!', along with writer Peter Bakalian, which was telecast by 'Fox network'. During this time, she was also working on 'Generation O!', an animated comedy show.
- The talented writer served as the main writer for 'Clifford's Puppy Days', a cartoon series that was shown on 'PBS' ('Public Broadcasting Service') as well as 'PBS Kids' for a year.
- While writing episodes for 'Generation O!' Suzanne had the opportunity to get acquainted with author James Promio. He motivated her to start writing books for children, and she began with 'Gregor the Overlander', a part of the series, 'The Underland Chronicles'. The book, released in 2003, was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 'Alice in Wonderland'.
- The book became a bestseller, and from 2003-07, she went on to write other stories. 'Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane', 'Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods', 'Gregor and the Marks of Secret', and 'Gregor and the Code of Claw' were all part of the series, 'The Underland Chronicles.
- During the same time, in 2005, she also created 'When Charlie McButton Lost Power', which was in the form of rhyming illustration.
- The Scholastic Press published 'The Hunger Games', authored by Collins, in September, 2008. The book, belonged to a three-book series, and was based on the Greek mythological story of Prince Theseus, and the adventure he embarks on to kill the Minotaur.
- Within the next two years, she brought out 'Catching Fire', and 'Mockingjay', the remaining parts of 'The Hunger Games' trilogy.
- 'The enormous success of the ‘Hunger Games' trilogy catapulted Collins to fame. The books became so popular that they featured on the bestselling list of 'The New Year Times', for a record-breaking 60 consecutive weeks. The first book was adapted for the screen, by the author herself, with the movie being released under the banner of 'Lions Gate Entertainment'.
- In 2004, this renowned author received the 'Children's Novel Award', from the 'New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association' ('NAIBA'), for the bestseller, 'The Underland Chronicles'.
- The 'Association for Library Service to Children' ('ALSC'), a part of the 'American Library Association' presented this prolific writer with an award for 'Notable Children's Recording', in 2006.
- In 2008, 'The Hunger Games' was announced as the 'Best Young Adult Book' by the 'KIRKUS Review' magazine. The same year, the 'CYBIL Award' for 'Fantasy and Science Fiction' was presented to Collins for the aforementioned book.
- Two years later, she received the 'Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers', and this was followed by the 'California Young Reader Medal' in 2011.
- In 1992, Suzanne got married to Charles Pryor, and with him she has two children, Charlie and Isabel. The family lives in the village of Sandy Hook, New Town, Connecticut.
- Collins has an estimated net worth of 60 million dollars, according to the website 'Celebrity Networth'. The 'Hunger Games' series have sold 27.7 million copies, as per a report by 'Publisher's Weekly'.
- American actress Jennifer Lawrence played the role of Katniss Everdeen, a character created by this famous writer in her most popular book
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