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Victoria Holmes, commonly referred to as Vicky, is a former[1] editor[2] of the New York Times bestselling Warriors books, written by Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland,[3] and published by HarperCollins.[4] She, along with Kate, Cherith, and Tui, write under the pseudonym "Erin Hunter",[5] While she was the main editor of Warriors for many years, she had chosen to step aside from working on the main arcs,[6] and has now fully retired from working on the Warriors series.[1]


Victoria Holmes was born on July 17th, in Berkshire, England, and currently resides in London, England.[7]
She grew up on a farm, learning how to ride horses and ponies at the age of two.[8] She would enjoy reading and writing stories of her own as a child, even as young as the age of two.[9] She studied English at the University of Oxford,[10] in Oxford, England,[11] where the beautiful ancient buildings and sense of tradition inspired her to have an interest in history.[12] After she finished at Oxford, she took a year off so that she could work with horses. After her year off, she became an English teacher.[13] She decided teaching wasn't for her anymore, and became an editor for Working Partners.[14]
She is now the editor of the Warriors series, where Vicky Holmes creates the plots, then Kate and Cherith write the stories.[15] Holmes is also in charge of maintaining series continuity and making sure that there's a consistent "voice" across the books.[16] She also is the person who writes the Erin Hunter Author Tracker e-mails. She has thought of all the titles for the books and the pen name, Erin Hunter, too.[17] When she was younger, she was called "Mouse" by her friends and family, and, coincidentally, her name, according to the Official Site, is Mousepaw.
She loves baking chocolate brownies, hanging out with her friends, planning to redecorate her house, playing with her nephews and niece, and thinking about new stories.[18] She also has said that anything that isn't man-made inspires her.[19] Also, Vicky, loves escaping into the English countryside whenever she can, to ride horses and walk her dog, Missy.[20]
Vicky's beloved dog, Missy, was put to rest on August 10th, 2015.[21]
She announced in a note on Facebook after the release of Legends of the Clans that she is now retired from the Warriors series,[22] clarifying afterward that it was because she felt she'd written all of the Warriors stories inside her.[23]
Vicky was diagnosed with cancer in 2017,[24] but hopes for a complete recovery, and is currently writing her own books part-time.[25]


"I grew up on a farm and love all animals, including cats, but most especially dogs and horses. This comes in very handy when I need to send cats to a sticky end; I'd have a lot more trouble killing off a dog or a horse! I love being one of the Erins, and frequently dream of being a cat running through a forest when I am coming up with the new storylines. Teaming up with Kate and Cherith on the Warriors books is an unconventional way of working, but we love writing the books together and it means we can produce them much faster than a single writer could. We each have our favorite characters and ideas for what could happen next, which means the stories have three times as much energy and passion!"[26]

Other Books

  • Rider of the Dark[27]
  • The Horse from the Sea[28]
  • Heart of Fire[29]


  • Vicky has said that Tigerstar's death was the most fun to write in the Warriors series.[30]
  • Her favorite characters are Ravenpaw, Cloudtail, and Brambleclaw.[30]
  • If she could be a Warriors character, she would be Ravenpaw, Squirrelflight, or Leafpool.[30]
  • Her favorite Warriors book is The Darkest Hour.[30]
  • Vicky was sad writing Cinderpelt's[32] and Feathertail's deaths.[33]
  • She thinks the best book she has worked on is Bluestar's Prophecy.[32]
  • She played the violin and the flute when she was younger.[34]
  • Vicky wishes she could change the name for motorized vehicles (monsters) because she "absolutely hates it!"[35]
  • If she could be a cat, Vicky would be the RiverClan medicine cat apprentice named Mousepaw[36](a small, skinny, short brown furred she-cat with black paws and ear tips, and green eyes).[37]
  • She used to have a lot of cats when she was a child and they all lived in a barn.[38]
  • She had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Missy.[38] She was unfortunately put to sleep on August 10th, 2015.[39]
  • If Vicky could choose where she wanted to tour, she would choose Russia, Japan, and Finland, because she loves cold places.[40]
  • She had an idea about bringing Midnight back as a villain, but her editor talked her out of it.[41]
  • She came up with the pen name, Erin Hunter.[17]
  • She thinks Rowanclaw should have always been female.[30]
  • If she could be a Clan cat, she would be in WindClan.[30]
  • Her favorite shippings are Brambleclaw/Squirrelflight, Dustpelt/Ferncloud, Brackenfur/Sorreltail, Leafpool/Crowfeather, Cloudtail/Brightheart, and Firestar/Sandstorm.[42]
  • It takes Vicky about a month to come up with the storylines, and a week to go in with the drafts.[42][43]
  • The only Dawn of the Clans book that Vicky is involved with is The Sun Trail, and she does not maintain the plotline for any subsequent books in that arc.[44] She is also not involved with the sixth arc of Warriors,[45] and says there is another team of editors that works with Kate and Cherith.[46] She worked only on the novellas[47] after Seekers finished,[48] but after the release of Legends of the Clans she announced that she would no longer be writing for the series,[49] stating that after Pinestar's Choice she felt that she'd written all of the Warriors stories inside her.[50]
  • Vicky won't go on tours in the US anymore.[51]
  • Vicky says that there will be no more chats with her, Kate, and Cherith.[52]
  • Vicky started to write professionally in 2001.[53]
  • She has a black thoroughbred horse named Nick.[54]
  • Vicky loves that anyone can read the Warriors books, which she thinks since she deals with topics such as death and religion, which appear far more in 'adult books' more frequently than in 'children's books'.[55]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  2. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  3. Revealed on warriorcats.com
  4. Revealed on warriorcats.com
  5. Revealed on warriorcats.com
  6. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  7. Revealed on januarymagazine.com
  8. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  9. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  10. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  11. Revealed on gomapper.com
  12. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  13. Revealed on equitainment.com.au
  14. Revealed on equitainment?com.au
  15. Revealed on warriorcats.com
  16. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1
  18. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  19. Revealed on januarymagazine.blogspot.com
  20. Revealed on fantasybookreview.co.uk
  21. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  22. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  23. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  24. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  25. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  26. Revealed on www.warriorcats.com
  27. Revealed on equitainment.com.au
  28. Revealed on equitainment.com.au
  29. Revealed on equitainment.com.au
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 2
  31. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  32. 32.0 32.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  33. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  34. Revealed on the Official Forum
  35. Revealed on the Official Forum
  36. Revealed on the Official Forum
  37. Revealed on her Facebook
  38. 38.0 38.1 Revealed on the Official Forum
  39. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  40. Revealed on the Official Forum.
  41. Revealed on the Official Forums
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 3
  43. Description revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  44. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  45. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  46. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  47. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  48. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  49. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named :0
  50. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named :1
  51. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  52. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  53. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  54. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  55. Revealed in the Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  56. Vicky's Facebook