Suzanne Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hunger Games trilogy and the Underland Chronicles. She is the bestselling Kindle author of all time, and her books have been adapted into commercially successful films.
Early Life & Career
Collins was born in 1962 in Connecticut to Jane and Michael Collins, a US Air Force officer who served in Vietnam. Due to her father’s duty in the military service, the family moved around a lot. Her family was particularly interested in history, Michael Collins would often take her and her three siblings to battlefields and war monuments to educate them about war.
Collins graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham in 1980 with Theater Arts as her major. She then did her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985 from Indiana University with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. She then got a masters degree in dramatic writing at the New York University.
Collins started working as a writer for children’s TV shows in 1991. She was involved with several Nickelodeon shows, Little Bear and Oswald, Santa Baby!, Cliffords Puppy Days and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy.
It was while working for kids WB show called ‘Generation O!’ that children’s author James Promo urged Suzanne Collins to try writing children’s books.
She began writing Gregor the Overlander, the first book in the Underland Chronicles, which was published in 2003. The books became critically acclaimed and landed on the New York Times Bestseller list.
The Hunger Games
The idea of writing The Hunger Games occurred to Suzanne Collins while she was surfing through television channels. She was struck by the disturbing lack of distinction between reality shows and the coverage of Iraq war on television.
Collins was also inspired by her father’s stories and explanations about war, which had given her an in-depth understanding of the effects of war.
The Underland Chronicles had made Collins successful, but it was upon the release of The Hunger Games in September 2008 that she shot to fame. The next two books in the series also became bestsellers and won several awards. The Hunger Games series has since sold over 50 million copies both in print and e-ink.
Collins also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of her book, The Hunger Games movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth was a huge box office success, becoming one of the highest grossing films worldwide for 2012.
Due to popularity of The Hunger Games, Collins was included in the list of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010
Best Selling Kindle Author of all Times
In June 2011, Collins became the first children’s books author to sell more than one million Kindle books and in March 2012 she became the best-selling Kindle author of all times.
Amazon does not release its figures, so it is not known as to how many books Suzanne Collins has sold on Kindle.