Suzanne Collins (1962-)
Born in Hartford, CT, the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer and Vietnam veteran, Suzanne Collins spent much of her early life moving around the eastern United States with her family. After attending high school in Alabama, she went on to Indiana University, where she double majored in Drama and Telecommunications - the launching pad for her work as a children's television show writer. It was while working on one such show that she met children's author James Proimos and was prompted to begin writing novels. The result was Gregor the Overlander and the five-book Overland Chronicles, and, more recently, her acclaimed dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games. Collins has moved back to Connecticut (Sandy Hook), where she lives with her husband, Cap, and their two children.