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"W.A.S"
— Kate speaking to BlogClan members in BlogClan

Kate Cary is one of the authors of the Warriors novel series, whom shares the pseudonym "Erin Hunter" with editor Victoria Holmes, and fellow writers Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland.[3]

Biography

Kate Cary was born on November 4, 1967,[blog 1] during a storm, in England, outside of Birmingham. She studied history of witchcraft, madness, and women at the Royal Holloway College, London University, gaining a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History in 1989 and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Women's History in 1992.[4] She then moved to Scotland, living there for 12 years in the woods, and started writing there. In 1997, she had a son, named Joshua (Josh).[blog 1] In 2004, she moved back to England, and is now currently residing in a city in the north of England.[blog 1]
She began writing Warriors after sending a sample of her writing to a company called Working Partners in 2001.[5][blog 1] They suggested that she work on a project they were going to start about feral cats, and after trying it out and sending her work to Victoria Holmes, an editor for Working Partners who had come up with the idea for Warriors,[5][blog 1] and Vicky liked her writing so Kate wrote the first two books.[5] Cherith Baldry was also recruited to help so that they could keep up with the fast publishing schedule.[blog 1]
She has three cats: Miu-Miu and Flower (brother and sister)[blog 1] and Bartholomew.[blog 4]

Quotes

"I have loved cats since I was a child. My dad gave me a kitten when I was six: a small black, gentle cat. She would follow me around the house waiting for me to sit down so she could clamber onto my lap and purr. Since then I have never been without a cat. Even at University I found a cat to love: a black tom who lived in the halls of residence. He would slip into my room and sleep on my bed and when I left the University and set up my own home, the first thing I acquired was a cat. I have three cats now. My eldest cat is a grumpy granddad of a cat who loves to sleep in the warmest place he can find to rest his aching bones. Flower and Miu-Miu are much younger; a brother and sister we found in a rescue home. They love it when I write; as soon as they see me at my keyboard, Willow settles himself under the radiator in my study and Flower curls up on the chair behind me, while Miu-Miu lounges across my desk pressing the keys with his paws with every languorous stretch. They graciously share their home with my partner Geoff and my seven-year-old son, Joshua, who love them almost as much as I do. Although our three cats are soft kittypets, I know that at night, while I'm tucked up in bed, they go out exploring a world all their own. Writing Warriors gives me the chance to imagine that world. I used to worry about my cats, out alone in the dark by themselves. But the ThunderClan cats have taught me that there is nothing for them to fear, only adventures to be enjoyed."[6]

Warriors books


Other books

  • Bloodline (2005)[2]
  • Reckoning (2007)[2]
  • Signs of Love: Love Match (2012)[2]
  • Seekers: Return to the Wild: River of Lost Bears (2013)[blog 2]
  • Signs of Love: Paris Crush (2013)[2]
  • Signs of Love: Destiny Date (2013)[2]
  • Pippa Morgan's Diary (2015)[2]
  • Pippa Morgan's Diary: Love and Chicken Nuggets (2015)[2]
  • Pippa Morgan's Diary: Isle of Fright (2015)[2]
  • Seekers: Return to the Wild: The Longest Day (2016)[blog 3]
  • Pippa Morgan's Diary: Trouble and Squeak (2016)[2]
  • Signs of Love: Stupid Cupid (2017)[2]

Trivia

Warriors-related

Characters

Books

  • Her favorite books to write and read were The Sight and Twilight, respectively.[29] However, in Erin Hunter Chat 3, her favorite book to write was Dark River.[30]
  • The hardest scenes for her to write were the three chapter battle scene in Eclipse and the last battle scene in The Last Hope.[blog 14]
  • Her favorite Warriors books are Bluestar's Prophecy,[blog 21] and The Sight.[blog 22]
  • Her favorite arcs are The Prophecies Begin and Omen of the Stars, although she is also fond of Power of Three and Dawn of the Clans.[blog 23]

Other

  • If she could be a Clan cat, she would be in RiverClan.[29] Her favorite Clan is also RiverClan.[blog 24]
  • If she could be in a Clan, she would want to be leader.[29]
  • If Kate would have a warrior name, it would be Crookedfang.[blog 25]
  • Kate thinks there are other Clans beyond the lake with their own code and different prophecies.[blog 26]

Miscellaneous

  • Her pseudonym on BlogClan is Cakestar, derived from a childhood nickname, despite not being a huge fan of cake.[blog 27]
  • Both Kate and Cherith write for about six hours a day.[30]
    • In addition, Kate revealed that she and the other Erins typically do not get writer's block and once the main storyline is completed, it takes roughly eight to twelve weeks to write a Warriors book.[blog 28]
  • Kate is squeamish and avoids mentioning gore when writing.[blog 29]
  • Kate uses Warriors Wiki while writing for reference.[blog 30]
  • When asked about the inclusion of same-sex couples in Warriors, Kate has said that because of where their books sell, they are not allowed to include the relationships. She says that their market extends to countries that still oppose gay marriage.[blog 31][blog 32]
  • Kate was not asked to provide dedications in books until the series became popular.[blog 33]
  • Kate's favorite food changes, but her latest favorite is Chicken Caesar salad,[blog 34] and her favorite dessert is lemon meringue pie.[blog 35] She is also fond of waffles.[blog 36]
  • She does not like pineapple, and does not drink soda. She prefers tea or water.[blog 37] Her favorite tea is peppermint tea.[blog 38]
  • Kate prefers zucchini in her salads, as cucumbers are too watery, but thinks they make nice-tasting burps.[blog 39]
  • Her favorite colors are autumn colors.[blog 14]
  • Kate's Harry Potter house is Hufflepuff.[blog 40]
  • She has a fear of airplanes.[blog 41] If she could have a superpower, Kate would have teleportation or fast travel.[blog 42]

External links

Notes and references

  1. Revealed on Fantasticfiction
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Revealed on her personal blog
  3. Revealed on Who is Erin Hunter? on the Warriors official website
  4. Revealed on Royalholloway.ac.uk
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed on LinkedIn
  6. Revealed on a quote from Kate on the official Warriors website
  7. Revealed on the dedication page of Bluestar's Prophecy
  8. Revealed on the dedication page of Crookedstar's Promise
  9. Revealed on the dedication page of Tallstar's Revenge
  10. Revealed on the dedication page of Moth Flight's Vision
  11. Revealed on the dedication page of Into the Wild
  12. Revealed on the dedication page of Fire and Ice
  13. Revealed on the dedication page of Rising Storm
  14. Revealed on the dedication page of Dawn
  15. Revealed on the dedication page of The Sight
  16. Revealed on the dedication page of Dark River
  17. Revealed on the dedication page of Eclipse
  18. Revealed on the dedication page of Fading Echoes
  19. Revealed on the dedication page of Night Whispers
  20. Revealed on the dedication page of The Last Hope
  21. Revealed on the dedication page of The First Battle
  22. Revealed on the dedication page of A Forest Divided
  23. Revealed on the dedication page of Path of Stars
  24. Revealed on the dedication page of Thunder and Shadow
  25. Revealed on the dedication page of Tigerheart's Shadow
  26. Revealed on the dedication page of Darkest Night
  27. Revealed on the dedication page of The Raging Storm
  28. Revealed on the dedication page of The Silent Thaw
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 30.8 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 3
Author references
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 FAQs on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  2. 2.0 2.1 My First Seekers Book Out on Tuesday! on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Seekers#6: The Longest Day Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  4. Silent Thaw Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  5. Book News! on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  6. Silent Thaw Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  8. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  9. River of Fire Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  10. BlogClan Tavern #8 on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  11. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  12. The Raging Storm Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  13. Silent Thaw Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  15. Spoiler Page: The Last Hope on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  16. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  17. River of Fire Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  18. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  19. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  20. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  21. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  22. Path of Stars Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  23. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  24. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  25. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  26. Silent Thaw Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  27. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  28. Squirrelflight's Hope Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  29. Spoiler Page: The Last Hope on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  30. The LAST LAST LAST Hope! on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  31. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  32. Silent Thaw Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  33. BlogClan Tavern #8 on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  34. Darkest Night Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  35. Darkest Night Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  36. Silent Thaw Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  37. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  38. Darkest Night Spoiler Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  39. Kate Answers Questions: Moths on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  40. Harry Potter Discussion Page on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  41. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)
  42. Ask Kate Questions on Kate's Blog (backup link) (screenshot)


Real-Life Persons involved with Erin Hunter's Warriors series
Authors and editors Victoria HolmesErica SussmanKate CaryCherith BaldryTui SutherlandClarissa Hutton
Illustrators Wayne McLoughlinOwen RichardsonAllen DouglasDave Stevenson
Jacket designers Megan StittKarin PaprockiRay ShappellRob HultHilary ZaryckyEllice Lee
Manga team James BarryDan JolleyBettina KurkoskiDon HudsonLouis CsontosLucas Rivera
Audiobook narrators MacLeod AndrewsNanette SavardKathleen Mclnerney
Warriors movie David Heyman
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