Erin Hunter is the Pen Name of the multiple authors of the Warriors, Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands series: Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Victoria Holmes, Tui Sutherland, Gillian Philip, and Inbali Iserles, and editor Erica Sussman. 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. Erica is the long-time executive editor of the series.
So far, roughly eighty 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 Warriors 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: Although no longer involved with the Erin books, in the past Vicky was often considered to be the "boss" Erin. She is the one that came up with the plots and storylines for Warrior Cats (prior to the fifth series) and Seeker Bears, and has been an editor for 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 have rested with her, though she hasn't always gotten her way. As the long-time "face" of Erin Hunter, she's the one who wrote author's notes and went on the most tours. Spottedleaf's Heart and Pinestar's Choice were her last Warriors books, at which point she felt she'd written as much as she could about the Clans and that it was time to move on. Vicky lives in the UK with her husband, Richard, along with several sheep, a horse, and a puppy. 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.
Gillian Philip and Inbali Iserles began writing under the Erin Hunter pen name several years after the original four. They write the Survivor Dogs series with an entirely different team of editors (aside from Erica).
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.
Erica Sussman is the person who makes some of the final decisions of the books, and who has worked on all three Erin Hunter series. She is the editorial director (formerly executive editor) for HarperCollins Children's Books. While she had been involved with the books for many years, she wasn't considered an Erin by fans for many years due to rarely hearing about her, until later on, when she was chosen for an interview on the official Erin Hunter forums, and began touring to promote the books. She has a husband, Phil, and a dog, Berkeley. Her Twitter can be found here.
Tropes common in their works:
- Action Girl
- Anyone Can Die
- The Chosen One
- The Chosen Many
- Gray and Gray Morality
- Hold Your Hippogriffs
- Myth Arc: Warriors and Seekers are larger series written in multiple six book arcs.
- Spirit Advisor
- Talking in Your Dreams: By the spirits of dead animals.
- World of Badass