Here are some facts about Erin Hunter, the author of the popular Warriors, Seekers, and Survivors book series.
- Erin Hunter is a pen-name. She isn’t one person. In fact, more than five authors (Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Inbali Iserles, Gillian Philip, Rosie Best and Tui T Sutherland), write under the pseudonym, Erin Hunter.
- The original author of the Warriors series was Victoria Holmes. She lives in London but grew up on a farm in Berkshire, England. When a fan asks for a signed copy of an Erin Hunter books, it is usually signed by Victoria.
- There are now over 100 books by Erin Hunter if you include the Manga titles, Super Editions and Ebook Exclusives.
- The Warriors books tell the stories of four wildcat clans – Thunder Clan, Shadow Clan, Wind Clan and River Clan.
- The authors have said that they draw inspiration from the works of Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and William Shakespeare.
- Many readers have compared the Warriors series to the Redwall series by Brian Jacques.
- The Seekers series tells the tale of four bears cubs on their quest to find a new home.
- The Survivors books are about a group of pet dogs who become a pack after they are separated from their owners by an earthquake.
- The Bravelands series by Erin Hunter follows the adventures of a lion, baboon, and elephant as they find their place in the world and respond to the call of the wild.
- All of the kitten characters in the Warriors books have names ending in kit. When they are apprentices, their names end with paw, and when they are fully grown, their names end with a prefix linked to their clan.
- In a 2019 interview, Tui T. Sutherland revelaed how the Erin Hunter authors manage their collabortion. Victoria Holmes would come up with the idea for a new book and she would write a full outline. The outline was passed to Tui T. Sutherland (an editor at the publishers Harper Collins). Tui would have a story meeting with Victoria Holmes, and changes would be made to the book’s outline. The outline was then sent to one of the authors, usually Kate Cary or Cherith Baldry. Tui went on to write some of the books too.
[After the third Warriors book was completed] the storylines seemed almost to write themselves as the characters played out their dramas on their wooded stage, and I guess I figured that if the action excited me then it would probably excite a fair few other people as wellVictoria Holmes (2006)