Erin Hunter is the author of the Warrior Cats series. What you may not know is that Erin Hunter is actually a pen-name for four authors, Cherith Baldry, Victoria Holmes, Tui Sutherland and Kate Cary, who take turns writing the books.
Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity if the national world. As well as having a great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich explanations for animal behavior, shaped by her interest in astrology and standing stones.
Victoria “Vicky” Holmes grew up in England around horses and other animals on a farm, and enjoyed riding as well as reading and writing. Vicky studied and graduated at Oxford University, and now lives in London with her dog Missy. Both an editor and an author herself, Victoria Holmes has written three books combining historical fiction and horses, Rider In The Dark (2004), The Horse from the Sea (2005), and Heart Of Fire (2006).
Vicky is the mastermind behind the Warrior Cats series, being more then just an editor, she came up with and continues to write the plots behind the series. She will be writing Cats Of the Clans. Vicky does not like cheese on her pizza, but does like anchovies and black olives.
“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 new story lines. 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!” – Vicky Holmes
Cherith Baldry was born in Lancaster and now lives in Reigate, England, and was married to the late Peter Baldry, and had two
sons Will and Adam, who are now adults. She used to be a teacher, but gave up teaching for writing fiction, including the Eaglesmount series and the Abbey Mysteries series for children, and an adult novel called Exiled From Camelot. She has particular interests in History, King Arthur, and ancient forms of worship and astrology which can be seen reflected in her work.
Cherith Baldry loves to write Warrior Cats so that she can imagine a cat’s eye view of the world. She is also particularly interested in King Arthur. Epic battles, courtly code of behaviors, 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. The have used their knowledge to give depth to the cat’s own mythology.
“I grew up on a farm, so of course I grew up with cats—working cats who kept down the mice in the house and barns, but were still friendly house cats who would play and curl up on a lap. My first cat after I married was a grey tabby called Tomlyn. We acquired him while we were out in Africa, teaching at the University of Sierra Leone. He was part Siamese, part African bush cat, and one of the friendliest cats I’ve ever known. When we came back to the UK we brought him with us; although he had to stay in quarantine for six months, he didn’t forget us, and when we went to visit him he climbed all over us, shedding hair and purring like mad!
My next cat was called Schrodinger, after the Austrian physicist—my husband Peter was a scientist. He was ginger and white, and very playful. My two sons, Will and Adam, grew up with him, so he will always have a special place in their hearts. Peter died a few years ago, and Will and Adam are grown up now, so I share my home with two cats, Bramble and Sorrel. Sorrel is a tiny tortoiseshell and white cat, very dainty and demanding. Bramble is a dark tabby, quiet and dignified, a real gentleman. When I’m working, Bramble comes and sits on my lap. Sorrel comes and sits on the work. They have their own secret lives as Brambleclaw and Sorreltail, and I love writing Warriors so that I can imagine a cat’s eye view of the world. There’ll always be something mysterious about cats, and that’s one of the reasons why I love them.” – Cherith Baldry
Kate was born in England on November 4, 1967. She lived in rural Scotland for 12 years, but now lives in northern England with her husband and young son. Kate has an interest in astrology and animal interaction, and has also written two vampire books titled Bloodline: Demons of the Trenches and the sequel, Reckoning.
Kate has a website at http://katecary.co.uk/.
“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 University and set up my own home, the first thing I acquired was a cat. I have three cats now.
My eldest cat, Willow, is a grumpy granddad of a cat who loves to sleep in the warmest place he can find to ease 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 I sit 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 Geof and my seven-year-old son, Joshua, who love them almost as much as I do. Although Willow, Flower and Miu-Miu 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. But the ThunderClan cats have taught me that there is nothing for them to fear, only adventures to be enjoyed.” – Kate Cary
|TUI T. SUTHERLAND
Born in Caracas, Venezeula, Tui was named after a bird native to New Zealand and graduated from William’s College in 1998. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and puppy Sunshine. Tui once wanted to go into theatrics, but decided to follow the more stable path of a writer. Tui Sutherland has written several children and young adult novels through her career as an editor and writer for HarperCollins Publishers including This Must Be Love, Who Was Harry Houndini. and the Avatar series.
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“I’ll admit I’m a dog person, but I love cats, too…especially brave, wild warrior cats! I grew up mostly in South America—I was born in Venezuela and then live in Paraguay, Miami, and the Dominican Republic before we moved to New Jersey in high school. My dad was allergic to cats, but we had a lot of dogs, starting with a Dalmatian names Sasha and two miniature poodles named Sam (one after the other).
After college I got my own dog as soon as I could. She’s a Yorkie-poodle mix named Sunshine, and my husband and I think she’s a perfect little genius. (She even has her own blog!) She loves to chase tennis balls, run obstacle courses, and romp in the snow, but if she can’t be doing that, she likes to sleep on my lap while I’m writing (or lick my fingers so I can’t write). I started off as the editor for Warriors, and then when I left editing to become a full-time writer, Vicky asked me to join the team as the fourth Erin Hunter. Of course I said yes! How lucky am I? It’s so much fun to work on these stories from the writing side, trying to imagine myself hunting as one of the bears, or running through the forest, or puzzling over mysterious Twolegs behavior. Plus I LOVE meeting Warriors and Seekers fans (you’re all too smart!), and it’s a great challenge to write something different from my other books. I hope you’ll visit my website at www.tuibooks.com where I’m always happy to answer questions!” – Tui Sutherland