Erin Hunter is the Pen Name of the six authors of the Warriors, Seekers, and Survivors series: Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Victoria Holmes, Tui Sutherland, Gillian Philip, and Inbali Iserles. It began when Vicky was asked by HarperCollins to come up with a book about cats; she worked with Kate and Cherith, and the Warriors series was created. An editor, Tui, officially became an Erin when she chose to write full-time, and two more authors, Gillian Philip and Inbali Iserles, were added when the Survivors series was created.So far, over fifty books have been released under the Erin Hunter name, proving to be quite a success. The name "Erin Hunter" was created by the publisher: "Erin" is a Celtic name to reflect the series' setting, and "Hunter" to emphasize the theme of wilderness - and to put the books on the shelf near Brian Jacques' Redwall series.
Vicky Holmes: The "boss" Erin. She is the one that came up with the plots and storylines for Warrior Cats and Seeker Bears, and she edits the two series, in addition to having written some of the Field Guides and e-book novellas on her own. Many of the decisions about the plot rest with her, though she doesn't always get her way. As the "face" of Erin Hunter, she's the one who writes author's notes and goes on tours. Vicky lives in the UK with her husband, Richard, along with several sheep, a horse, and her dog, Missy. She has written a couple other books of her own, called Rider in the Dark, The Horse from the Sea, and Heart of Fire. Her Facebook page can be found here.Kate Cary: One of the women who writes the books. She has mainly worked on Warriors - and was the one who wrote the first book, Into the Wild - though she has also written one Seekers book. She has two books under her own name: Bloodline, and its sequel, Bloodline: Reckoning. She currently lives in Sheffield, England, with her teenage son, Joshua, and two cats, Flower and Miu-Miu. She has a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.Cherith Baldry: One of the women who writes the books. She has worked on both Warriors and Seekers. She currently lives in the UK with her two cats, Bramble and Sorrel, who appear as Brambleclaw and Sorreltail in the books. She has written a children's series called The Abbey Mysteries and an adult book called Exiled.Tui Sutherland: One of the women who writes the books, though she began as an editor for Warriors before deciding to write full-time. She mostly works on Seekers, though she did write one Warriors Field Guide. She has written many books under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of Wings of Fire. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and toddler son, Jonah, as well as her dog Sunshine. She has appeared on Jeopardy!. She has a website and Facebook page.
The Erin Hunter pen name is also being used by two new authors, Gillian Philip and Inbali Iserles, who are writing the Survivors series with an entirely different team of editors.Gillian Philip: The writer of some of Survivors. She has written several books, both under her own name and under pseudonyms, including the Darke Academy and The Rebel Angels series. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband Ian, twin children Lucy and Jaime, and several pets: the dogs Cluny, Milo, and Otto; and cats The Darkness and The Ghost. She has a website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.Inbali Iserles: Another Survivors author. Under her own name, she has written The Tygrine Cat and The Bloodstone Bird. She lives in London with a puppy named Michi.
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