Suzanne Collins (born August 10, 1962) is an American television writer and author. She is known as the author of the book series "The Underland Chronicles" and "The Hunger Games".

Born in Hartford, Connecticut to Jane Brady Collins (born 1932) and Lieutenant Colonel Michael John Collins (1931–2003), a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. She is the youngest of four children. As the daughter of a military officer, she and her family were constantly moving.

Collins graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham in 1980 as a Theater Arts major. She completed her bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1985 with a double major in theater and telecommunications. In 1989, Collins earned her Master of Fine Arts in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Suzanne Collins began her career in 1991 as a writer for children's television shows. She worked on several shows for Nickelodeon, including "Clarissa Explains It All", "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo", "Little Bear", and "Oswald". She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed "Christmas special, Santa, Baby!".

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