Friday, April 28, 2006

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Erin Hunter, Part 2

Recently, Kathleen and Therese had the opportunity to chat with British writers Cherith Baldry and Kate Cary, who write as children's author Erin Hunter, and their editor Victoria Holmes, who is the brainchild behind this popular series for school-age children. If you didn't get the chance to read part one of their interview, check it out now by clicking here. Below is Part Two of their interview.

Q: The plots in WARRIORS are very Shakespearian: a mad leader, intra-clan betrayal, war, star-crossed lovers, death. Did you worry about making the stories too intense for young readers?

CHERITH: We all – Kate, Vicky and I – are aware that we have a responsibility to young readers. We’re always sensitive to the age group we are writing for. But in my view, exercising that responsibility doesn’t always mean protecting children from the painful things that happen in real life. That would make their fiction bland and boring. But we try to make sure that these elements are presented in a way that young readers can understand and that won’t be too disturbing. And when we address difficult subjects, we always try to include a reason to hope, or some positive element. For example, the death at the end of Moonrise is devastating for the characters involved – and it was very hard to write – but that character chose the sacrifice to save many other cats.

KATE: You’re right – danger, grief and loss are all contained within Warriors, but I never worry about the stories being too intense. It is inevitable that even the toughest child is going to feel the world very intensely because the world is still quite new to them. Books provide a safe way to ‘practise’ intense emotion. I care about my readers as I would any child and part of my job is to steer them through the Warriors world, cushioning the blows whenever possible with encouragement and hope but never trying to lie to them by pretending that the world is an easy place to live in.

Q: Our daughters wait with bated breath for the next in the series. What do you think makes these books so addictive?

CHERITH: They have strong storylines and characters it’s easy to relate to. They’re also set in a detailed world, so readers can imagine what it would be like to live in a Clan.

KATE: I really don’t know! I only know that every child I have met who has read the Warriors book has the same thought – that maybe the Warriors’ world could exist just beyond their garden fence. Perhaps it’s this possibility that awakens such a strong response in our readers.

Q: Vicky, you are also an author of stories for children. How do you balance your editing duties with writing fiction?


VICKY: I don’t have a social life! Well, that’s not strictly true, but I rarely take more than one day off at the weekend. I work as an editor during the week, which means being part of the creative team at Working Partners, coming up with new series and storylines and then steering writers through each stage of the manuscript. I am attached to nine projects altogether, covering all age ranges and genres. Warriors is my favourite, even though I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. I think this is actually an advantage because it allows me to be ruthlessly unsentimental and have nasty things happen to the nicest cats. But I do get sad at death scenes! The death of Feathertail in Moonrise (The New Prophecy Book Two) is particularly heart-rending, I think. My favourite death scene is Tigerstar’s: just when you think his longtime enemy Firestar will get to deal the fatal blow, a complete outsider (Scourge of BloodClan) comes into the forest to rip all nine lives from his body in one go. In the end, Firestar feels horrified and saddened by Tigerstar’s death in spite of all their bitter history.

Writing my own books gets squeezed into weekends and vacation time. HarperCollins Inc. have been terrific to work with because they give me long lead-times with each script, so I have a chance to do all the historical research necessary for each new story. I’ve always been fascinated by history, especially when it is rooted in a dramatic location like Western Ireland, so doing the research is half the fun. It’s like being at high school all over again!

Basically, I never stop turning stories over in my head. When I’m walking my dog or traveling to work, there are always adventures unfolding behind my eyes. I’ve missed my train stop more than once because I’ve been pelting through the forest beside Firestar! When things are going well, I can hardly type fast enough to keep up with the movie in my imagination; other times, I can’t think what might happen next, which is usually when I give up and take my dog for a walk or bake some cookies instead.

Q: Tell us about some of your titles.

VICKY: Books under my own name so far are: RIDER IN THE DARK and THE HORSE FROM THE SEA.

HEART OF FIRE will be out in September 2006 and the fourth, as yet unnamed, will be out a year later. All are published by HarperCollins Inc. Each story is set in a different British historical period and features a girl and a horse having adventures.

Q: What draws you to the world of horses and girls?

VICKY: I’m very lucky in that I grew up on a farm and was able to have horses from the year dot. I was never a particularly competitive rider, and mostly enjoyed hacking around the countryside on my ponies. I was a fairly solitary child, mainly because we lived on a farm outside the town so we didn’t have lots of friends on our doorstep, so I spent a lot of time with my four-legged friends instead. After I left college, I worked as a groom on a show-jumping yard and learned a completely different side to horsemanship. Even though I worked with some truly gorgeous and talented horses, I think I temporarily lost sight of the sheer joy a horse can bring to your life. By the end of the year, I knew I didn’t want to make horses my professional life, so I trained as an English teacher and after a few years of that, switched to children’s publishing. Riding has gone back to being a very precious hobby, which seems to leave a lot more room to appreciate my relationship with an individual horse.

Q: What advice would you give to authors who wish to write fiction for kids?

CHERITH: Get to know children and what kinds of thing they like. Read a wide range of current children’s literature. Many adults write the kind of books that they enjoyed as children, and while these are wonderful books, the world has moved on. Don’t ‘talk down’ to children. Don’t think that writing for children is the easy option. It’s just as hard to write well for children as to write well for adults – if not harder. A good children’s writer will respect their audience and give them the very best books they can.

KATE: Don’t give up! Be very certain that you know whom you are writing for and what your audience want to read about. Either use trial and error or simply research. See what other writers are producing, what children are buying and find out what you are good at. It’s a waste of your time and skills writing epic fantasy if you have a really good and sharp grip on reality. Or trying to be serious if you’re actually very witty. And try to persuade an agent or editor to believe in you, because their experience will be invaluable.

VICKY: Read everything in the children’s section of your local library, especially popular contemporary titles. That’s by far the best way to get a feel for what the marketplace wants today. Too often, aspiring authors write in the style of books they loved as children, and that’s just not commercially viable now. Publishers look for modern, lively voices that can speak the language of twenty-first century children, even in genres like fantasy and historical novels.

Think about the perspective of your story: nearly all children’s books are written from a limited third person perspective, which means we can see into the thoughts of the central character but no one else’s, and we only see things when he or she is around to witness them. This is a big difference from adult fiction, which often splits the narrative between several different third person viewpoints.

Make sure that the story is as much character-driven as plot-driven so your protagonist is always in the thick of the action, making things happen around them. Children tend to identify with characters before plot or historical setting, so the individuals in your story need to leap off the page as rounded, sympathetic and adventurous characters whom readers can easily imagine as their friends.

Check that the length and structure of your story match successful examples in the marketplace. It’s very common to receive a generally well-written manuscript that is much, much too long for the intended readership. Publishers have fairly hard and fast rules about how long a book can be for each particular age range, so there’s no point sending them a script that’s way off target. For example, Warriors books are 70-80,000 words long, which is as long as most scripts would ever be for the children’s market. First chapter books, for new readers aged 4-6, tend to be nearer the 3,000 word mark.

Finally, remember that if you read your script to a child that knows you, you will invariably get a rave review. Children love being read to, and respond enthusiastically to the idea of hearing a brand new story from The Person Who Wrote It! This is not a reliable critique, unfortunately, so be prepared for some much sterner responses from Commissioning Editors.

And now we're going to open the floor up to two fans who love everything Warriors.

Questions from Sophie, age 9:
My favorite cat-warrior is Graystripe. Why did you have him captured by Twolegs? Will we ever see him again?

CHERITH: Well, it keeps readers anxious as they wonder what has happened to Greystripe! As for whether you’ll see him again – you really don’t expect me to tell you that, do you? ; )

KATE: I loved Graystripe and it was awful to write the scene where his little gray face stared terrified from the back window of a monster as the Twolegs carried him off. I still haven’t quite recovered and the Clan doesn’t seem the same without him. At the same time though, it’s deliciously exciting wondering what’s happened to him and whether he’ll ever be back, which is of course why we did it. And I would hate to spoil the suspense by telling you anything now!

Q: How did you come up with the Clans?

CHERITH: This was part of Vicky’s original concept.

KATE: Vicky, our splendid editor, will have to answer that one!

VICKY: We wanted to have a complex and well-structured society for our cats so they could have political disagreements as well as personal conflict. “Clan” seemed like a wild-sounding word for a group of feral cats.

Q: In the New Prophecy series, how come Specklefur and Frostfur stayed behind in the forest when the other Clans left?

CHERITH: They felt they were too old to make the journey and to adapt to a new place. There was plenty of room for them in the old forest that they knew and loved, even though it wouldn’t support all four Clans any more.

KATE: They were too old to make the journey without being a burden to their already struggling Clans. They were being noble. But they were also frightened. They simply couldn’t face dying in an unfamiliar place. They wanted to be sure that when they did die they would be in a place where StarClan could see them and be there to welcome them into their ranks.

Q: What should I do now if I want to write books when I grow up?

CHERITH: Read, read, read, read, and then read some more.
Take advantage of your English language classes so that you learn how to write a clear sentence, spell and punctuate properly. Our language is a beautifully tuned instrument and it takes skill to use it well, just as it does to play, say, a violin. Publishers don’t have staff whose job it is to fix bad grammar. It has to be right.Get out there and enjoy life. If all you ever do is write, you’ll have nothing to write about.

KATE: Practise! Writing is no different from any other skill – you wouldn’t think of appearing in a piano concert without practising first! Read and write whenever you can. Try different styles and subjects until you find which one you enjoy. Experiment! And don’t be put off by criticism. Learn from it where you can, but ignore anything that you find too crushing. After all, critics are only human – you’ll know instinctively when a critic is right. Use criticism as a way of growing stronger – don’t collapse under its weight!

Questions from Riley, age 10: Do you have disagreements as writers, and if so how do you solve them?

CHERITH: Kate and I don’t disagree, because we don’t collaborate on the same book. Sometimes I disagree with Vicky, but they’re always friendly disagreements (so far!) We resolve them by discussing them, and because we’re both committed to Warriors it’s usually quite easy to work them out.

KATE: Cherith and I don’t disagree because we don’t share the writing – each book is our own pet project – but we do each have to share with Vicky. I disagree with Vicky sometimes, but I trust her judgment and she is happy to take on board my ideas so we usually come to a speedy agreement.

VICKY: As Kate and Cherith have already mentioned, we sometimes have different ideas about what should happen or how a character should react. We never disagree for more than a minute or two because one person always manages to persuade the other with a stronger argument! Kate and Cherith often have a better idea about where the story should go once they’re in the middle of writing a manuscript.

Q: Why is the New Prophecy series about Brambleclaw instead of Firestar?

CHERITH: I feel that we’ve told Firestar’s story now that he has defeated Tigerstar and made the forest safe from Scourge and BloodClan. (Though there is to be a one-off novel, set between the end of Series 1 and the beginning of New Prophecy, which will use Firestar as a central character.) I think that for Warriors to stay fresh and interesting we need to focus on one or more new characters. Brambleclaw has problems, but they’re not the same as Firestar’s.

KATE: It was simply time to move on. I was certainly growing a little tired of Firestar second-guessing himself and worrying about his kittypet roots. Having new lead characters is exciting and gives us a chance to explore new personalities with different obstacles to overcome. I do love the fact that Tigerstar has always remained in the background, through Clan memory and through his offspring, as a shadow that overcasts all the Clans. And I guess Firestar is doing the same (though, thankfully, not from the grave!) – he is a constant light, which burns steadily in the background.

Q: I like Feathertail and Frostfur. Where did you come up with all the names for the cats?

CHERITH: Vicky, Kate and I all think up names. They have to be made up of elements that would be familiar to the cats, such as the parts of a cat’s body, or the colour of their fur, or things they would see around them in the forest.

KATE: It can be tough coming up with all the names – (although our fans seem to find it easy enough!) We all chip in, inventing new names when they are needed. I used to find it limiting, having to take inspiration only from the sight, sounds and scents the cats would experience, but the more I live in the world of Warriors, the richer and more diverse it becomes and I find now that I have a wealth of choice.

Q: Why did Cinderpelt have to be injured? She changed a lot.

CHERITH: Cinderpelt’s injury was part of the damage that Tigerstar did to his Clan in his obsession with power. He wouldn’t be an effective villain if no cat was ever hurt because of him. Yes, she did change a lot, but I like to think that her injury brought out aspects of her character that were there all along, but hadn’t had the chance to develop up to then. (BIG HINT: we still have a long way to go with Cinderpelt’s character!)

KATE: I’m afraid Cinderpelt’s accident was necessary for Firestar’s developing character – he had to learn how to deal with tragedy and guilt, how to take responsibility – and Cinderpelt had to suffer so that we could see the lengths Tigerclaw was willing to go to to win power. Poor Cinderpelt! I only hope that we made up for her suffering by giving her a far more complex and important role in the Clan’s adventures than she ever would have had if she’d completed her warrior training. The path she took meant that a different side of her personality developed, and it’s one that I have grown to love as much as the cheerful young apprentice she started off as.

Q: Will you write more books in the original Warriors series (as well as the New Prophecy series)?

CHERITH: No, Series 1 will stay at six books, though as I said above there will be a one-off novel set between the two series. The title we’re working with at present is FIRESTAR'S QUEST, and I’ll be writing it. I promise, it’s an awesome story!

KATE: Firestar is about to have his own adventure in a one-off book, but there will be no more books in the original Warriors series. I’d like to think that the original series and the new series will become seen as one long, unfolding saga which builds on itself, book upon book, rather than separate adventures. I’m in the middle of writing the first book in a third series. Again with new protagonists, but I promise that it will still be deeply rooted in the original Warriors series.

VICKY: We're very excited about FIRESTAR'S QUEST (a Special Edition book coming out next year), in which we find out what happened after the battle with BloodClan, and before StarClan sent the prophecy about the destruction of the forest. With the death ofTigerstar and Scourge, peace seems to have returned, and Firestar can get on with being a good leader to his Clan. But he is troubled by visits from a warrior ancestor he has never seen before. Who is this cat? What does he want with Firestar? And if what he says is true, then StarClan have lied to Firestar, and the warrior code is worth nothing...The kittypet turned leader, the fire who saved his Clan, must leave the forest and go on a long, dangerous journey to find out the truth - and restore his faith in StarClan.

You might be interested to know that we’ve just started work on the third series. It’s going to be called POWER OF THREE, and will skip ahead one generation to some kits who will have a major impact on ThunderClan’s destiny. Since you’re clearly some of our most dedicated fans, we thought you’d like a sneak preview of the prophecy that sparks off this gripping series. Firestar receives it in a shadowy cave, far from home, from an ancient cat that is not from any Clan that we know…

Three will come, kin of your kin, with more power for good or evil than any cat that has walked the forest before.Hmmmm, who could these cats be? And will they be a force for good – or will they destroy ThunderClan forever? You’ll have to read the books to find out!

THANK YOU, Cherith, Kate and Vicky, for a fantastic interview. Warriors, the New Prophecy #4, STARLIGHT is available at booksellers and online retailers such as Amazon.com.

Thanks, too, to John Mariott and
JEM Photography for letting us use their cute bear print. We love all furry animals here at Writer Unboxed!

62 Comments:

Blogger Blizzardclaw said...

w00t! First comment. Second part of the interview was much better, in my opinion, but they were both great!

Thanks for the great information in Firestar's quest and the power of three, I'm sure everyone, certainly me, is thrilled by this news!

Yet again, love the warriors series, and hoping the best in the future for it, it's authors, editor, and Writer's Unboxed.

StarClan bless,
Blizzardclaw

4:54 PM  
Blogger Sandstar said...

Ooh, Firestar's Quest? I always assumed that that little period of time was just normal Clan life...though I suppose it never is with Firestar! :)

And The Power of Three...that'll be exciting! Thanks for all the info!

-Sandstar

6:03 PM  
Blogger Lemmingfur said...

WHOA! Thanks for the AWSOME info about FireStar's quest and The Power of Three! I'm looking really forward to those books and keep up the awsome work! w00t!!!!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Islandstar said...

Thanks for the information on the upcoming Warriors books!! I enjoyed reading it. Now I'm dying for the next book to come out. I can't wait!!! So exciting.

Thanks for everything and good luck!

May StarClan be with you,

-Islandstar

9:46 PM  
Blogger Warrior_gal said...

Dear Erin Hunter & Authors of Article,

In my last post on Part One of the interview, I posted how much I liked the books. They are very, VERY good, and I am looking forward to reading all your the new books that come out. This was a very interesting interview with great questions and answers. I'm extremely glad to have read the books and the article. :)

Your Fan,
Warriorgal (SpringStar)

P.S.- My cats Dory, Nemo, Patch, (She reminds me a lot of Squirrelflight) & Wrong-Way, (She reminds me a lot of Leafpool) say "Hi!" (Sounds more like a "meow", but whatever...) :D

9:46 PM  
Blogger Larkie said...

Yay! Part II! Glad to see it. Your work has inspired to me to write many different stories. though I usually never end up finishing them because I get a new idea and start that! Ha-ha! Well, can't wait for more books! I am a bookthisrty kitty, so beware!

Best Wishes,

~Wildstar*

10:18 PM  
Blogger Talonstar said...

WOw!I personally think you can revise the name of Firestar's quest to come up with something more interesting, but that's my opinion...I had a question, like can part of Firestar's quest be about the birth of all the new kits, like Squirrelflight(sorry, cant spell)and Leafpool?And can there be like four series, or ten?And maybe you two can work on a series together about the life of immortals or something, like make up immortals, their names, what they look like, the fact that they can't die unless killed, and all that other stuff, Thanks!

11:10 PM  
Blogger your DJ said...

-shakes with excitement- I can't wait for Firestar's Quest to come out! And the Power of Three sounds equally amazing! Can't wait for them to come out! :D

4:58 AM  
Blogger JellybeanPlant said...

hey! i am a huge warriors fan and i would really like to thank you guys for this interview and for all the awsome info on the upcoming books. i can't wait!

just thinking that you may be reading this comment makes me so happy!

first i just want to tell you how much i love your books! your writing style is soo awsome. very detailed and thrilling. i have loved these books ever since i got the first one a couple years ago and now, whenever a new one is released, i am at the bookstore buying it the day it comes out! i have aslo ment a lot of cool people because of these books, that i never would have ment otherwise.

secondly, i will always continue to read and love these books no matter what, but i have to say i am kinda sad! both of my favorite characters have gone missing! i like Graystripe and Ravenpaw! i really have Graystripe is okay and finds his way back to the clans. and i hope we will see more of Ravenpaw, even though he is so much farther away now...

last, i hope that you continue to expand on the warriors world for a long time to come, and i have some of my own ideas of new books that could be written! i know my ides may not count for much, but i must share.
first, i think a reference guide type book would be nice. with pictures, descriptions, history and everything for all the more important characters, the warrior code, medicine cat lore, ect. all that kind of stuff would be cool, and helpful, to have around when reading the books (or writing warriors fanfiction, as some fans do!).
second, i think a cool idea for a fourth series would be to go back and write about the ancient clans, like LionClan and TigerClan, that were mentioned in Into The Wild. i don't know why, i just think that would be neat to read about.

anyways, i'm so happy i found these books. thank you for creating such a wonderful world for us to explore. i can't wait for the next book!

May StarClan Light Your Path

JellybeanPlant

P.S. i have 12 cats of my own, and they all say Hi! i look at them a lot differently since i got into warriors! thanks again.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Firestar said...

hi, I love WARRIORS!!! I first ever heard of WARRIORS while reading an Archie comic. it had an ad saying that the first three books of The New Prophecy series were out. I wanted them but it said to read the first six; so I did.
I was addicted to WARRIORS right from the start. When I was reading the prolouge in the first book, I knew it was going to be great!
Now, I'm so addicted I'm trying to e-mail Walden media and Disney (makers of Narnia) to make Warriors: Into the Wild! I never did yet, though :(
Well I have a two questions:
When writing the book,'Firestar's Quest' are you (Cherith) going to write about Willowpelt? You know, in the first book in The New Prophecy series they say a badger got her. I hope you write about poor Willowpelt! And here's my second question: Why do you always change the maine characters in The New Prophecy series? Like, Brambleclaw, Stormfur, Sqirralflight, and Brambleclaw again. Oh, and Leafpool.
***Oh, an added question: It says that one of you are already making the first book in THE POWER OF THREE so does that mean The New Prophecy series is done? Just doesn't have covers yet? please e-mail me the answers to all these questions! taylor_macneil@hotmail.com

-Firestar aka Taylor

8:35 PM  
Blogger lemonstripe said...

hi, I SOOOOOO luv warriors it is (gasps) awsome! I was sorta hoping the special edition would have lots of extra stories and be a whole series, and focus quite a lot on the real life phenomenon of warriors, but FIRESTAR'S QUEST sounds awsome too! (goes crazy happy) anyway remember my idea about a warriors newsletter ifyou want, thank u soooooooooooo much i dunno how to praise you 3's work enough!

-Lemon le super fan

1:17 PM  
Blogger rainclaw said...

im only 10.im planning on writing a story about two girls who are half cats and go through hard ships of saving the world,let alone their socail life.one has power to fire while the other has power to ice.these are my ideas of names.
fire and ice,(no way!just an idea)
feezing cold yet blazing hot.(uh...maybe not)showing the power of me(good...)


what do u like?i was inspired by warriors.it inspired me to the love of cats and how i wish i was ATLEAST half cat.one character is based on me.her name is samantha and she has the power of fire.her secret name is kat.not "cat"but "KAT"
her friend katie has power to ice and her secret name is "shyla"ive started to write it.if u ever want me to post some like the prolouge just tell me.i started it also from a rp(role play)on a site that i started called "animal devilz"devils because in the rp they are theifs

1:29 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

Hi!! Firestar's Quest sounds very cool, I can't wait!!

Three will come, kin of your kin, with more power for good or evil than any cat that has walked the forest before.

Hmmm maybe Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw if they get be togerther or Leafpool and crowfeather!!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

Hi Rainclaw!!

Oh and this a is a great Warriors site, the best I've seen yet, right Rainclaw!!

nightclaw13.proboards53.com

I'm Icystar there but my username Icypelt

2:35 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I'm one of you biggest fans!! And Warriors should really be made into a movie!

P.S. Icypelt of TreeClan

2:36 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I got my dad into reading warriors! XD

3:00 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

How long does it take for you to write a book and finish editing it?

"May starClan be with you."

3:53 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

More Questions:

How did you get the name Applekit??

Who was the cat *or kit* on the front of Starlight??

Who came up with the names for the books? *I think I heard that you guys didn't make the names on a site*

6:25 PM  
Blogger  said...

Hullo! I love the Warriors series so much! Thank you for this wonderful interveiw, it's spiffy! =D

I'm really looking forward to the Power of Three Books! Also, Firestar's quest sounds intresting... I am excited to read it!

Thank you so much for making Brambleclaw one of the main chracters! He is my favorite, he was ever since I knew about him in the books! I really hope he isn't the kitty whom dies... cause he rocks! please involve him in mroe books! And don't let Squirrelflgiht be with Ashfur! Let her be with Bramble!

Also, as a inspired writer and poet, I really look up to you guys. You made my dream book, and I hope one day to make books like yours! A lot of people look up to yah, so keep up the awesome work!

Bigg Fan (Big with two g's!)
BrambleClaw

(nwdog@hotmail.com)

11:15 PM  
Blogger  said...

Sorry for double posting but... I just thought of more stuff! xP

Um, I have been hooked on Warriors books for about 2 years. When I was going to Switz. and looking for a book to read there, I found the Warriors. very lucky I did, because otherwise I bet I wouldn't have found them at all! -le gasp- I have only read all the books twice, but want to read them over and over and over again. It's just right now my friend is borrowing the book (which she is not even reading!) and there are so many other books out there. Anyways, I promise I shall at least read them tentimes before 2007! xD That tis how much I luvith the books!

And now for the Questions...

First, why did Firestar change so much after the WS books? In NP books he seems so... crabby!

Second, why did Brambleclaw change so much? In NP book 4, he acs... different! I still can't believe he believed Hawkfrost instead of Squirrelflight... -sighs-

Third, who right which books? Like, who did the first, second, third, etc.

Lastly, is Brambleclaw going to turn evil? If so... -starts to sob-

Thanks again so much!
BIGG FAN
BrambleClaw (AKA Bramby!)

11:31 PM  
Blogger  said...

Icypelt, I think the cat on the front of Starlight was Leafpool.

Once again, BrambleClaw =)

10:13 AM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I thought it was Birchkit, and speaking of Birchkit what color is his pelt?

5:03 PM  
Blogger Leopardstar said...

Hi guys! Thanks for the spoilers, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new book and series! I'm especially wondering...who will be the new leader in The Power of Three? Maybe Bramblestar? Or maybe he'll be an elder!
-Leopardstar

11:49 AM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

Maybe, but I think Graystripe will be the leader *I hope Firestar doesn't die, I love him!!* And if Graystripe is Graystar then maybe Brambleclaw will be deouty, or an older warrior.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I hope Birchkit get his own POV!!! That would be awesome!! Birchkit rocks!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Cloudstar said...

Cant wait `till Firestars Quest.It`ll rock!(I hope.)Power of three sounds good too!Let me hope I dont have to order them from dumb Hastings.

-Cloudtsar

8:11 PM  
Blogger Ripednose said...

I LOVE the WARRIORS books!!!! But how would i know i just started reading them. Im only on book #7 or #1 of the New Prophecy but i know that they all had to leave the forest because twolegs took over or something like that. I know because my Friend told me she just finished StarLight she can sometimes give stuff away tho. She was the one who got me hooked on them.


I have a Blog and please go to it and post a coment i neva get any I have pictures of the books and i wright stuff about them.

My friend & i (the one i was telling you about) saw the picture of Twilight. not there best.... i thought it was UGLY!!!! but thats just my apinyen. im 11 years old almost 12 this month the 12th and I LOVE thees books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May StarClan be with you,
Melody (aka RippedNose)


p.s sorry about my bad spelling!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Quietheart said...

I really hope they make a movie for these books. I mean their sale's are like higher then Harry Potter's.. lol, if they do make a movie for it if the 1st series, for book 6, in the battle with Bloodclan. they should use the song by Pillar, called Frontline. heres the lyrics.. tell me what u think.
It's not like I'm walking alone into the valley of the shadow of
death
Stand beside one another, 'cause it ain't over yet
I'd be willing to bet that if we don't back down
You and I will be the ones that are holding the Crown in the
end
When it's over, we can say, "Well done"
But not yet, 'cause it's only begun
So, pick up, and follow me, we're the only ones
To fight this thing, until we've won
We drive on and don't look back
It doesn't mean we can't learn from our past
All the things that we mighta done wrong
We could've been doing this all along

Everybody, with your fists raised high
Let me hear your battle cry tonight
Stand beside, or step aside
We're on the frontline

And we'll be carrying on, until the day it doesn't matter
anymore
Step aside, you forgot what this is for
We fight to live, we live to fight
And tonight, you'll hear my battle cry
We live our lives on the frontlines
We're not afraid of the fast times
These days have opened up my eyes
And now, I see where the threat lies

We've got to lead the way

6:08 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I saw Twlight's cover too, not like the other, not as pretty but I like the background better then the cat thats on thats in the middle *I know who it is*

8:21 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I got my dad into reading warriors, or he just wanted to see what I was read, and he reading Starlight now, hes says that Warriors is the Braveheart.

8:25 PM  
Blogger Ripednose said...

Yes they should make a movie of it. some people say that that will make us stop reading them but i don't think thats true i like to read a book then watch the movie. to see how much they changed how much they left out.

who is on the cover. (i thought the background looked like guts) was it rock or just bad illistrating? and one of the cats tails looked like a racoon tail. there should be chat rooms to talk about warriors! does any1 know any?

9:16 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I do!! I think you joined... but here its is

www.nightclaw13.proboards53.com/

They should make a moive of it, how would it make us stop reading it?! Its the best book ever! I'm going to read it over and over again

2:39 PM  
Blogger Ripednose said...

i did join but i just started and myn is rippednose there but my name may change..... and what do u do there?

8:12 PM  
Blogger Mistyshroud said...

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8:31 PM  
Blogger Mistyshroud said...

Hello. I am really, extremely...SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY (Just got back from swim meet, and I'm hyper lol) that I've got the chance to talk to the REAL Erin Hunter! I'm so glad I've had the chance to read your comments, Cherith, Kate, and Vicky. Thank you all so much for creating the Warriors, and it has inspired me to start writing once again, if not about cats. ^.^ I am so honored that I've gotten to read your comments, and possibly indirectly talk to you. Although I don't have every single book in the series, I've read them front to back, backwards to forwards, every possibly way, and I just want to say: Keep up the awesome work! :)

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Firestar's Quest and the Power of Three has made my adrenaline start running- I can't wait until I see the cover, read the rest of the New Prophecy, and all that jolly good stuff!

Question 1: Will we have known the kits from previous books? (The kits in the Power of Three)

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Once again, I would like to thank you enormously, for had I not read your books, I wouldn't be writing as I am today, I wouldn't have the inspiration, nor would I have the different perspective of cats that you have given to me.

Thank you,
Mistyshroud
(Dreamwing)
An Obsessive Warriors Reader...

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i93/Iceotter/DreamwingSiggicopy.gif

8:33 PM  
Blogger Mapleheart said...

Wow! I LOVE all of your books!!!!!!!!!THere Fantastic and very addictive!!!Your doing a great job and i sont think you did anything wrong...except it was kind of sad when Spottedleaf was killed *I cried*

~Mapleheart, a proud Treeclan Medicine Cat~

[www.nightclaw13.proboards53.com]

4:55 AM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I cried too XDR

2:33 PM  
Blogger Nightpool said...

wow ur books are awesome. i cant wait till The Power of Three is released. i think the 3 cats with the power will be one of Brook's kits, one of Leafpool's kits and one of Squirrelflight's kits

7:32 PM  
Blogger Nightpool said...

http://nightpool.proboards91.com/index.cgi

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g289/dawndusk06/May2677.jpg

7:33 PM  
Blogger Dawnfur said...

HIYA!!! THIS IS SOOO KEWL!! IVE BEEN TRYING TO WRITE KEWL QUESTIONS ON UR SITE, BUT U WONT ANSNWER!!! PLEASE ANSWER U CAN WRITE ME at cheyd@charter.net PLEASE DO THAT WOULD BE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO kewl if i could talk to u!!! and ask u questions, *gasping cause it would be TOOO Kewl talking to my fav. author* i just wanted to tell u that i knnow that scourge had to dir but he is SOOOOOOOOOO kewl i put him as my background on my comp. and i draw him alot if u give me your email adress i could send u the pictures!!! KOOLIO!!!!!!

-May StarClan be with you
-Dawnfur

6:56 PM  
Blogger Fireshadow said...

Why did you have to make Crowfeather love Leafpool?!I ahte her and I love him!!!ARGH

3:33 PM  
Blogger Fernheart said...

Erin Hunter, your books are an inspiration, I know that like your editor I constantly have book ideas spinning through my head. Thank You for writing the most brilliant series of this generation. However I do not think you should sell the rights for a movie as the characters, being cats, would look awkward on screen and that would ruin it. Keep writing, until we all go cross-eyed from hours of reading.

~Fernheart StreamClan Medicine Cat

3:36 AM  
Blogger Bloodpaw said...

Dear Erin Hunter (Actually, two people but whatever),

I'm addicted to your series. Seriously. How can you do this to me? Ha, whatever, I love them! Thank you SO much for the info on "Firestar's Quest".

He's an interesting character but so is Brambleclaw.

I'm excited to figure out who is going to be the main protagonist in the next series... Hopefully with as much conflicts as Firestar. To tell the truth, I am not as interested in Brambleclaw.

I bet you were suprised to see how many readers liked these series. To tell the truth, I took a look at it and went, "Well... It's about cats. I'm a huge cat fan" but was hesitant. My friends made me check it out so I did...

No one at my city (that I know) reads the series though. It's sad, actually... And my friend Angela won't read it because she thinks it's a pathetic story about cats.

Annoying, actually. You try and try to persuad anyone...

Why am I writing here anyways? You both aren't going to read this. *sigh*

Bye bye!

May Starclan always watch over you,
Stitchedstar

12:02 PM  
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Icystar of TreeClan
www.nightclaw13.proboards53.com/

I love your books!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I know one person where I live who reads Warriors, and hes one of my best friends brother!!

But hes on Fire and Ice, and I need Twilight XD
*big gap*

12:46 PM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

Okay i have aquestion, which was your favorite book that you made?

I love The Darkest Hour and Dawn!!

I finished Dawn in about six hours XD

And The Darkest Hour in five

12:49 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

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11:54 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

From Pheasantfoot:

Wow. i really love your books, and how the cats have emotions that are human. I think that that is one of the reasons that we connect to them so well.
My fav books are:
-Forest of Secrets
-Moonrise
-Dawn

The only thing that i didn't like was how Leafpool and Crowfeather were suddenly in love. It was a bit too random.

I am into the world of Warriors RPG. Please check out my site at:
clanstar.suddenlaunch3.com/index.cgi
We currently need new members, only sign up if you will be active.

11:56 PM  
Blogger Firestar said...

I think they should make a movie on Warriors: The Darkest Hour.
And: I started reading Warriors around after Christmas. And, when I realized how good the books were, I spread the word. Everone thought I was weird, talking about feral cats and all. But, one of the most hottest guys, that's right I said guyS! The Keating twins, Sam and Simon, fell in love with the books. Sam is on The Darkest hour and Simon is on Starlight. We often get together and talk about Warriors.
My favorite character is Graystripe and Firestar. Brambleclaw is cool, I love him, but he isn't my favorite... I cryed when Yellowfang, Patchpelt and Halftail died. It was really sad...
Questions!
1. How many SERIES are there going to be? Just the first, The New Prophecy and The Power of Three? PLEASE make way more!
2. Could you team up with some sort of movie-making company? Like Walden Media, Universal Studios, etc.
3. Are Firestar and Sandstorm ever going to have more kits?
4. You should do a single novel of the cats in StarClan! Like, how they live. Because, it seems when they meet with cats in dreams, they no nothing about being social. They have a message, say it, and then leave. They give no notice, to the yowling and begging of the cat they give the message to, to stay. They are lifeless... But in the prolouge for Midnight it was great! They talked to one another and such. But why did Oakheart be so challanging to Bluestar? It seems he had forgotten they were ever mates!
Thanks for ever creating the books! But PLEASE get a movie for it!
-Firestar aka Taylor
www.ferelclans.proboards77.com
May StarClan guide you.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Moonlightstream said...

I LOVE the Warriors series! I loved Graystripe and his family, though they all went somewhere, Graystripe to Twolegplace, Feathertail and Silverstream to StarClan, and Stormfur to The Tribe of the Rushing Water.

The new series, the third, seems awesome, by what I've heard, and Firestar's quest will be a must-read, now I'll know what happened before The New Prophecy! Yay! =^-^=

To show my Warriors spirit, I made a role-playing site: http://www.xmoonlightstarx.proboards99.com/

Thanks for the info on the new series and book, I will read them AS SOON as they come out, if any person who posted here has the chance, please JOIN MY SITE. <3

May StarClan light your path,
Moonlightstar, proud leader of RiverClan

12:27 PM  
Blogger Geniune Truth said...

Ok, I too love this series, But i have a little problem with everyone ending their messages with: StarClan Bless, and May StarClan Be With You. StarClan is non-existent. That means, they don't exist, and in anycase You are not a bunch of cats! Its kinda strange don't you think, that this blog is filled with people pretending to be cats, sounds like a thing troubled children would do.

May StarClan Drop A Cement Block On You.

Geniune Truth,
No sorry I dont have a name like CrapTail, SO sorry. Please Reply at my blog, WarriorsSeries

1:53 PM  
Blogger lovesfreshkill said...

okay, genuine truth. i agree and dont. i dont because just because someone wants to role play on the computer by saying starclan bless or something doesnt mean they are a troubled child. i think you might be troubled if you do not let your self have any fun by pretending. on the other paw, i only agree because its like replaceing God to some people, but to me it isnt. i think that starclan are like a clan that just lives in heaven. they dont have iminent power, they can only try to help by sending dreams and signs through nature and cats.

any one who wants to, please check out my site!!

http://lovesfreshkill.proboards99.com/index.cgi

oh, kate, cherith, and vicky, if you wouldnt mind letting my members interview you post by post, that would be most wonderfull. and it would make my site more colourfull. i would be very honored(plus it would be very excitingfor every one!)

6:23 PM  
Blogger lovesfreshkill said...

oh and by the way kate cherith and vicky, thank you for the books. they are amazing and if they were the only thing in the world i had, besides my mother and my own cats, i would be in heaven!!!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Cinderfall said...

Oh, I just thought about something. Is it possible that it would be, (for the Power of Three) that it would be Brambleclaw/Squirrelflight and Leafpool/Crowfeather and Stormfur/Brook or Brackenfur/Sorreltail's kits?

Just an idea

May StarClan light your path!
-Cinderfall-RiverClan Warrior

10:41 PM  
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10:42 PM  
Blogger Jaggedheart said...

Cant Wait
Fabulous books!!
Im so exicted!!!!!!:))
Love
Jaggedheart & Brokensmile & Mudsplash ((friends)

11:41 AM  
Blogger Jaggedheart said...

Whenever i start to like a character you guys always kill them off. I LOVED feathertail and cried when she died. I Loved Willowpelt and was shocked when a badger got to her. Swiftpaw i thought of all types of warrior names for him before he died. AND MY FAVORITE CHARACTER OF ALL... Gorsepaw died. I could believe it i loved that little apprentice since the day Firestar helped his mother carry him. I was so sad. And,,,,Stonefur another one of my favorite charries..dead. I dont like lepoardstar much though. So please dont let Onewhisker die, i love him now too!!! Or Brichkit for that matter..

pleases your fan!

Muddy

11:51 AM  
Blogger Icypelt said...

I love Birchkit! Hes my favorite charrie next to Firestar, Graystripe, Sandstorm! Don't kill him. -please-

I think Brambleclaws going to train Birchkit, and make him a strong warrior , loyal, but his love isn't in his Clan, but a rival Clan, ShadowClan. And Applekit-whatever her warrior name is-is his love... <3

Okay.. that was a bit over the top... XD

May StarClan be with you

I'll sya what ever I wanna say! j/k

9:06 AM  
Blogger icepaw123 said...

I am on book 5...I am 10 years old, and I think it is VERY depressing. Yellowfang-Spottedleaf-Graypool-Snowkit, it's all so sad.
(oh, and go ahead and report me-i'm too young to blog)

7:23 PM  
Blogger icepaw123 said...

By the way, my e-mail is Thumbskyster@gmail.com

I'm a big fan, please e-mail me Erin hunter!

P.S: e-mail me if there is going to be a movie of it in 2007!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Tigerlily said...

I LOVE WARRIORS!!!!!!! I wondered about why it skipped so much between the original series and the new prophecy. I*M SO HAPPY!

3:35 AM  
Blogger whisperfeather said...

hello! im whisperfeather! i LOVE warriors! my fav cat is hawkfrost! lol! is it true that the 2nd the new prophacy book is called dark river?

5:15 PM  

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