Erin Hunter is the author of Warriors. It is serves as the pseudonym of seven people; Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Victoria Holmes, Tui Sutherland, Clarissa Hutton, Gillian Phillip and Inbali Iserles.. Kate and Cherith take turns to write the Warriors series, while Vicky used to coordinate the whole affair. They are also the authors of the series, Seekers. They came up with the name, Erin Hunter, to avoid confusing readers with their books filled in different places in libraries and stores. Some sites have reported her middle initial as being "H," but on her official website, she denied having any knowledge of Erin having a middle name.
Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a facination with the ferocity of the natural world. In addition to having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behaviour.
The inspiration of the pen name, "Erin Hunter":
We wanted these books to come close on the shelves to the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, which is a similar animal fantasy series. So we needed a surname that began with H, I or K, and "Hunter" seemed really appropriate for our ferocious cats (plus it comes right at the end of the H's). For the first name, I just really liked the name Erin, and it had the right Celtic sort of ring to it that I imagined for the author's personality.
Kate Cary is fascinated by animal interaction and reading all sorts of hidden motivation in a cat's habits. And when it comes to the books' violence, she is never afraid of describing the goriest scenes. To find new locations for the cats in Warriors to explore, she and Cherith Baldry will often go on long walks in the woods. Watching their cats and other people's also help them to see how they behave in certain situations.
Cherith Baldry loves to write Warriors so that she can imagine a cat's eye view of the world. She is a writer of fantasy fiction. She is also particularly interested in King Arthur. Epic battles, courtly code of behaviours, and knights are all themes very predominant in Warriors. Together, she and Kate Cary share an interest in ancient forms of worship, astrology, and stone circles. They have used their knowledge to give depth to the cats' own mythology.
Victoria (Vicky) Holmes is the editor of the Warriors series. She creates the plots of the stories, and Kate, Cherith, and Tui write them. Holmes is also in charge of maintaining the series and making sure that there's a consistent "voice" across the books.
Vicky grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England, where she learned to ride horses and ponies at the age of two. She loved to read and write at an early age, and now works as a children's book editor, escaping to the English countryside whenever she can to ride horses.
Tui T. Sutherland is a children's book author named after a noisy New Zealand bird. She has actually written under several pseudonyms. She graduated college, and became an editor of a publishing company, then, soon after, she moved on to writing her own novels. Tui has written over 40 novels-ranging over a broad spectrum of ideas.
Clarissa Hutton has worked on the Warriors series for a long time, serving as one of Kate's editors. She has written Thunderstar's Echo for the Warriors series. She has also written Path of a Warrior, a paperback novella compilation, which includes three short stories focusing on Shadowstar, Redtail, and Tawnypelt.
Gillian Phillip is a former member of Erin Hunter team and the author of the series Survivors, a series of books completely separate from Warriors. She lives in northeast Scotland with her husband, two children, and three dogs. Along with various books of her own, she's ghostwritten for publishing companies like Hothouse and Working Partners. As of June 2020, she is no longer with the Erin Hunter team, due to her conduct and demeanor, and actions on her public Twitter account. The nature of her comments resulted in her being stripped of her work.
Inbali Iserles has not written any Warriors books so far, but she has written three Survivors books, Darkness Falls, The Endless Lake, and Storm of Dogs.
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Revealed on warriorcats.com (screenshot)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed on Kate's Blog
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's facebook page
- ↑ Darkness Falls
- ↑ Revealed on HarperCollins.com
- ↑ Inside jacket cover of Bluestar's Prophecy
- ↑ Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 2, undefined
- ↑ Revealed on bookbrowse.com
- ↑ Revealed on intergalacticmedicineshow.com
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
- ↑ Revealed on HarperCollins
- ↑ Revealed on worldcat.org
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's Blog
- ↑ Revealed in the title pages of Thunderstar's Echo
- ↑ Revealed on Kate's facebook page
- ↑ Revealed on Gillian's website
- ↑ Mentioned on Twitter, via screenshots of messages from the Working Partners team. Due to the nature of her termination, this is considered something to bring up.
- ↑ Revealed on Inbali Iserles' facebook