Picks and Pans Review: Talking with Suzanne Collins

updated 09/13/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/13/2010 01:00AM

HAS THE SERIES' SUCCESS SURPRISED YOU?

Oh, yes. I thought people who gravitate toward dystopian stories might like it. But I never expected such a diverse group of readers.

YOU USED TO WRITE FOR TV SHOWS LIKE CLIFFORD'S PUPPY DAYS ...

The same challenges-creating good characters, a compelling story-exist no matter what audience you're trying to reach.

KATNISS GETS A MAKEOVER FOR TV. WHAT IF HER STYLISTS OFFERED YOU ONE?

It would be wasted on me. I'm one of the least fashionable people I know.

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