- “How to achieve the moral breakdown of the enemy before the war has started — that is the problem that interests me. Whoever has experienced war at the front will want to refrain from all avoidable bloodshed.”
- ―Tui when asked about her inspiration for creating Wings of Fire
Tui T. Sutherland is one of the authors writing under the title Erin Hunter. She has written, in addition to the other series by Erin Hunter, the Wings of Fire series and one book in the Spirit Animals series.
- “I’ll admit I’m a dog person, but I love cats, too… especially brave, wild warrior cats! I grew up mostly in South America—I was born in Venezuela and then live in Paraguay, Miami, and the Dominican Republic before we moved to New Jersey in high school. My dad was allergic to cats, but we had a lot of dogs, starting with a Dalmatian names Sasha and two miniature poodles named Sam (one after the other). After college I got my own dog as soon as I could. She’s a Yorkie-poodle mix named Sunshine, and my husband and I think she’s a perfect little genius. (She even has her own blog!) She loves to chase tennis balls, run obstacle courses, and romp in the snow, but if she can’t be doing that, she likes to sleep on my lap while I’m writing (or lick my fingers so I can’t write). I started off as the editor for Warriors, and then when I left editing to become a full-time writer, Vicky asked me to join the team as the fourth Erin Hunter. Of course I said yes! How lucky am I? It’s so much fun to work on these stories from the writing side, trying to imagine myself hunting as one of the bears, or running through the forest, or puzzling over mysterious Twolegs behavior. Plus I LOVE meeting Warriors and Seekers fans (you’re all too smart!), and it’s a great challenge to write something different from my other books. I hope you’ll visit my website at www.tuibooks.com where I’m always happy to answer questions!”
- ―Tui. T. Sutherland