Erin Hunter is the author of Warriors. It is actually the pseudonym of six people; Kate, Cherith, Vicky, Tui[1], Gillian[2] and Inbali[3].  With the exception of Gillian and Inbali, who write Survivors, they take turns to write the Warriors Series, while Vicky coordinates the whole affair.[4] They are also the authors of the series, Seekers.[5] They came up with the name, Erin Hunter, to avoid confusing readers with their books filled in different places in libraries and stores.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

—Vicky Holmes

Kate Cary

Kate Cary is fascinated by animal interaction and reading all sorts of hidden motivation in a cat's habits.[10] 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.[11] Watching their cats and other people's also help them to see how they behave in certain situations. She is also known to have visited the Warriors Wiki, and left a message on Eu's talk page before.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] They have used their knowledge to give depth to the cats' own mythology.[15]

Victoria Holmes

Victoria (Vicky) Holmes is the editor of the Warriors series. She creates the plots of the stories, and Kate, Cherith, and Tui write them.[16] Holmes is also in charge of maintaining the series and making sure that there's a consistent "voice" across the books.[17]

Vicky grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England, where she learned to ride horses and ponies at the age of two.[18] 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.[19]

Tui Sutherland

Tui T. Sutherland is a children's book author named after a noisy New Zealand bird.[20] She has actually written under several pseudonyms.[21] 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.[22]

Gillian Phillip

Gillian Phillip is a new addition to the Erin Hunter team and the author of the series Survivors, a series of books completely separate from Warriors.[23] 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.[24] It is currently unknown if she will be working on Warriors at all.

Inbali Iserles

Inbali Iserles is the newest author of the Erin Hunter team. She has not written any Warriors books so far, but she has written three Survivors books, Darkness Falls, The Endless Lake, and Storm of Dogs.[25]

References and Citations

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Real-Life Persons involved with Erin Hunter's Warriors series
Authors and Editors Victoria HolmesErica SussmanKate CaryCherith BaldryTui Sutherland
Illustrators Wayne McLoughlinBettina KurkoskiDon HudsonJames BarryOwen RichardsonAllen DouglasDave Stevenson
Jacket Designers Megan StittKarin PaprockiRay ShappellHilary Zarycky