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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Who is Erin Hunter?

And how can she write so many books so fast?

Erin Hunter, in case you've been living under a rock or don't pay any attention to YA books, is the author of the book phenomenon known as The Warriors series. (She is also the author of the Seekers series, which isn't as numerous or as popular).

If you include the novels, the field guides, the Super Editions, and the manga, there are currently 41 Warriors books, with four more scheduled to be published in the next 18 months. And they've all been published in the last 8 years!

I don't know about you, but sometimes it feels like I can barely read that many books in that amount of time, never mind write that many! So how does she do it?

Easy. "She" is actually five different people!

Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui Sutherland and Victoria Holmes write the novels, and Dan Jolley writes the manga.

They chose the last name "Hunter" because it works with the notion of feral cats, and because the books would be shelved on bookshelves near the books by Brian Jacques, another author of wild animal novels!

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