Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit, 'Clarissa Explains It All' and 'The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo'. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers 'The Underland Chronicles', which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning 'The Hunger Games' trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.
Author's Comment: Q. How do you typically spend your workday? Do you have a routine as you write? A: I grab some cereal and sit down to work as soon as possible. The more distractions I have to deal with before I actually begin writing, the harder focusing on the story becomes. Then I work until I'm tapped out, usually sometime in the early afternoon. If I actually write three to five hours, that's a productive day. Some days all I do is stare at the wall. That can be productive, too, if you're working out character and plot problems. The rest of the time, I walk around with the story slipping in and out of my thoughts.