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Victoria Holmes
VickyHolmes
Residence
Current: London
Past: Berkshire, England
Date of Birth
July 17th, 1975
Novels
Warriors Series: All main arc books up to The Sun Trail, Cats of the Clans, Battles of the Clans, Hollyleaf's Story, Mistystar's Omen, Cloudstar's Journey, Tigerclaw's Fury, Leafpool's Wish, Mapleshade's Vengeance
Other Novels: Rider in the Dark, The Horse from the Sea, Heart of Fire

Victoria "Vicky" Holmes is the editor[1] of the New York Times bestselling Warriors books, written by Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland under the pen name Erin Hunter,[2] and published by HarperCollins.[3]

Biography

Victoria Holmes was born on July 17th, in Berkshire, England, and currently resides in London, England.[4]

She grew up on a farm, learning how to ride horses and ponies at the age of two.[5] She would enjoy reading and writing stories of her own as a child, even as young as the age of two.[6] She studied English at the University of Oxford,[7] in Oxford, England,[8] where the beautiful ancient buildings and sense of tradition inspired her to have an interest in history.[9] 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.[10] She decided teaching wasn't for her anymore, and became an editor for Working Partners.[11]

She is now the editor of the Warriors series, where Vicky Holmes creates the plots, then Kate and Cherith write the stories.[12] Holmes is also in charge of maintaining series continuity and making sure that there's a consistent "voice" across the books.[13] 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.[14] When 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 neice, and thinking about new stories.[15] She also has said that anything that isn't man-made inspires her.[16] Also, Vicky, loves escaping into the English countryside whenever she can, to ride horses and walk her dog, Missy.[17]

Quotes

"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!"[18]

Extra Books

  • Rider of the Dark[19]
  • The Horse from the Sea[20]
  • Heart of Fire[21]

Trivia

  • Vicky confirmed that Tigerstar's death was the most fun to write in the Warriors series.[22]
  • Her favorite characters are Ravenpaw, Cloudtail, and Brambleclaw.[22]
  • If she could be a Warriors character, she would be Ravenpaw, Squirrelflight, or Leafpool.[22]
  • Her favorite Warriors book is The Darkest Hour.[22]
  • Vicky was sad writing Cinderpelt's death.[23]
  • She thinks the best book she has worked on is Bluestar's Prophecy.[24]
  • She played the violin and flute when she was younger.[25]
  • Vicky wishes she could change the name for motorized vehicles (monsters) because she "absolutely hates it!"[26]
  • If she could be a cat, Vicky would be the RiverClan medicine cat apprentice named Mousepaw[27](a small, skinny, short brown furred she-cat with black paws and ear tips, and green eyes).[28]
  • She used to have a lot of cats when she was a child that lived in a barn.[29]
  • She has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Missy.[29]
  • If Vicky could choose where she wanted to tour, she would choose Russia, Japan, and Finland, because she loves cold places.[30]
  • She had an idea about bringing Midnight back as a villain, but her editor talked her out of it. [31]
  • She came up with the pen name, Erin Hunter.[32]
  • Her favorite shipping is Cloudtail and Brightheart.[22]
  • She thinks Rowanclaw should have always been female.[22]
  • If she could be a Clan cat, she would be in WindClan.[22]
  • Her favorite shippings are Brambleclaw/Squirrelflight, Dustpelt/Ferncloud, Brackenfur/Sorreltail, Leafpool/Crowfeather, Cloudtail/Brightheart, and Firestar/Sandstorm.[33]
  • It takes Vicky about a month to come up with the storylines, and a week to go in with the drafts.[33][34]
  • 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.[35] She is also not involved with the sixth arc of Warriors,[36] and now only works on the novellas.[37]

See Also

External Links

References

  1. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  2. Revealed on Warriorcats(dot)com
  3. Revealed on http://warriorcats.com/warriorshell.html
  4. Revealed on http://januarymagazine.com/2008/06/author-snapshot-victoria-holmes.html
  5. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  6. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  7. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  8. Revealed on http://www.gomapper.com/travel/where-is/oxford-located.html
  9. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  10. Reavealed on http://www.equitainment.com.au/factsheet.asp?ID=52
  11. Reavealed on http://www.equitainment.com.au/factsheet.asp?ID=52
  12. Revealed on http://www.warriorcats.com/warriorshell.html
  13. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  14. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1
  15. Revealed on Erin Hunter Chat 4
  16. Revealed on http://januarymagazine.blogspot.com/2008/06/author-snapshot-victoria-holmes.html
  17. Revealed on http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk/Erin-Hunter/biography.html
  18. Revealed on www.warriorcats.com
  19. Revealed on http://www.equitainment.com.au/factsheet.asp?ID=52
  20. Revealed on http://www.equitainment.com.au/factsheet.asp?ID=52
  21. Revealed on http://www.equitainment.com.au/factsheet.asp?ID=52
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 2, undefined
  23. Revealed on the Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  24. Revealed on the Erin Hunter Answers Your Questions Summer 2011
  25. Revealed on the Official Forum
  26. Revealed on the Official Forum
  27. Revealed on the Official Forum
  28. Revealed on her Facebook
  29. 29.0 29.1 Revealed on the Official Forum
  30. Revealed on the Official Forum.
  31. Revealed on the Official Forums
  32. Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 1, undefined
  33. 33.0 33.1 Revealed to be a in Erin Hunter Chat 3, undefined
  34. Description revealed on her facebook page.
  35. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  36. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  37. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  38. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vicky-Holmes-13-of-the-Erin-Hunters/29566467453



Real-Life Persons involved with the Warriors series
Authors and Editors 'Erin Hunter'Victoria HolmesKate CaryCherith BaldryTui Sutherland
Illustrators Wayne McLoughlinBettina KurkoskiDon HudsonJames Barry
Jacket Designers Megan StittKarin PaprockiRay ShappellHilary Zarycky

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