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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

Sep 14, 2008

Suzanne Collins, author of the children's series The Underland Chronicles, recently published a novel for young adults called THE HUNGER GAMES. In this interview, Collins discusses the various sources --- ranging from Greek mythology to reality television --- that inspired the plot of this futuristic sci-fi tale and explains how her father's stories from her childhood helped her with elements of the story's plot, themes and characters. She also reveals how she tastefully handled the book's violent scenes, shares her thoughts on writing for different age groups and lists some of her favorite books she read as a teenager.

Interview: John Murray, author of A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories

Jan 20, 2004

Q: Numerous themes recur throughout the stories: the difficulties facing immigrants and the children of immigrants, the ways children are affected by their parents' relationships, individuals who travel to remote corners of the world in order to do good, or to do scientific research, and issues faced by those in the medical profession. What significance do these and other recurring themes have for you?