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Erin Hunter is the author of Warriors. It is serves as the pseudonym of seven people; Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Victoria Holmes,[1] Tui Sutherland,[2] Clarissa Hutton,[blog 1] Inbali Iserles,[3] and Rosie Best,[4][5] and formerly Gillian Phillip.[6] Kate and Cherith take turns to write the Warriors series, while Vicky used to coordinate the whole affair.[1] They are also the authors of Seekers, Survivors, Bravelands,[1] and Bamboo Kingdom.[4] They came up with the name, Erin Hunter, to avoid confusing readers with their books filled in different places in libraries and stores.[1]

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.[7]

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.[8]

—Vicky Holmes

Kate Cary

Kate Cary is fascinated by animal interaction and reading all sorts of hidden motivation in a cat's habits.[9] And when it comes to the books' violence, she is never afraid of describing the goriest scenes, though at times struggles with it and major battle scenes.[blog 2][blog 3] Watching her cats and other people's also helps her to see how they behave in certain situations. She owns a cat named Flower, has a son named Josh, and currently lives in London.[9] Kate Cary also is the creator of BlogClan, her personal blog website.

Cherith Baldry

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.[10] Cherith grew to love writing and cats from a young age. She and her husband were lecturers at the University of Sierra Leone in Africa before they retired to the UK. She owns two cats named Bramble and Tansy, has two sons named Peter and Adam, and currently resides in the UK.[11]

Victoria Holmes

Victoria (Vicky) Holmes was the editor of the Warriors series. She used to create the plots of the stories, and Kate and Cherith would write them. Holmes was also in charge of maintaining the series and making sure that there's a consistent "voice" across the books.[1] Vicky grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England surrounded by animals with a preference for dogs and hoses. 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. She has never been adverse to writing gruesome ends to her characters. In 2017, Vicky stepped away from the series to focus on her health.[12]

Tui Sutherland

Tui T. Sutherland is a children's book author named after a noisy New Zealand bird. She graduated college, and became an editor of a publishing company, then, soon after, she moved on to writing her own novels.[13] Tui has written over 50 novels-ranging over a broad spectrum of ideas, including Secrets of the Clans, the Seekers series, and the Wings of Fire series.[2] She has a dog named Rainbow Dog, two children, and currently resides in Boston.[13]

Clarissa Hutton

Clarissa Hutton has worked on the Warriors series for a long time,[blog 1] serving as one of Kate's editors.[blog 4] Her recent work has focused on writing the novellas, including Thunderstar's Echo,[14] Path of a Warrior,[blog 1] Blackfoot's Reckoning,[15] and Spotfur's Rebellion.[16]

Gillian Phillip

Gillian Phillip is a former member of Erin Hunter team and the author of the series Survivors.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

Inbali Iserles

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.[20] Her other works include the Foxcraft series.[21] She was born in Israel, and currently resides in the UK with her dog Michi.[22]

Rosie Best

Rosie Best first debuted as an Erin Hunter with the Survivor's book, Dead of Night.[5] She later went on to write the debuting novel of Bamboo Kingdom: Creatures of the Flood.[4] She owns two cats: Midnight and Misty.[23] She is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community and currently resides in London.[24]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Who is Erin Hunter? on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed on Tui's website (backup link)
  3. Revealed in the dedication for Darkness Falls
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed on her Rosie's Twitter (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed on Rosie's blog (backup link)
  6. Revealed on Kate's Facebook (backup link)
  7. Inside jacket cover of Bluestar's Prophecy
  8. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
  9. 9.0 9.1 Author Profile: Kate Cary on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  10. Revealed on intergalacticmedicineshow.com (backup link)
  11. Author Profile: Cherith Baldry on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  12. Author Profile: Vicky Holmes on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Revealed on Tui's website (backup link)
  14. Revealed on the dedication page of Thunderstar's Echo
  15. Revealed on the dedication page of Blackfoot's Reckoning
  16. Revealed on the dedication page of Spotfur's Rebellion
  17. Revealed on Gillian's website (backup link)
  18. Revealed on Gillian's website (backup link)
  19. Mentioned on Twitter (backup link), via screenshots of messages from the Working Partners team. Due to the nature of her termination, this is considered something to bring up.
  20. Revealed on Inbali's website (backup link)
  21. Revealed on Inabli's website (backup link)
  22. Revealed on Inabli's website (backup link)
  23. Revealed on Rosie's Twitter (backup link)
  24. Revealed on Rosie's Twitter bio (backup link)

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