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Diana Gabaldon

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series, most recently Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Diana Gabaldon at the 2010 National Book Festival
  • About Diana Gabaldon

    History. Warfare. Sex. Violence. Honor. Betrayal. Vengeance. Hope. Despair. These are just some of the things you will find in #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s blockbuster Outlander novels, which have been described by as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting ‘Scrooge McDuck’ comics.” The eighth novel in the Outlander series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, was published in June 2014 and became an immediate #1 New York Times bestseller. Earlier that year, Outlander was adapted into an award-winning Starz original series and is currently in its second season.

    Spanning time, space, and genres—from romance to sci-fi to historical fiction—Gabaldon’s ambitious books have won critical and popular acclaim across the globe with their crossover appeal. In 2006, Diana Gabaldon won the Quill Award (beating out novels by George R.R. Martin and Stephen King) and the Corine International Prize for Fiction. She has gained an even greater following with the release of the  television series adaptation, spearheaded by Ronald D. Moore (of Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek fame).

    In addition to the Outlander books, Gabaldon is the author of a bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a graphic novel, and one work of nonfiction. There are 25 million copies of Gabaldon’s books in print worldwide, published in 34 languages in 38 countries. She has also written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney.

    Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before writing fiction.  She has written scientific articles and textbooks, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Computers, and founded the scientific-computation journal Science Software Quarterly.

    She and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children and live in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can read more about Gabaldon and her books at her personal website,

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    The Outlander Series: An “Accidental” Phenomenon

    As Diana Gabaldon has often explained, the Outlander series started by accident, when she decided to write a novel for practice. What ensued were eight novels with unforgettable characters and rich historical details that have captured the hearts of millions of fans. In this lecture, Gabaldon talks about how she came to write the Outlander series, the creation of the two remarkable characters of Claire Beauchamp and Jamie Fraser, and what it’s like working with Starz on the television adaptation of the novels. An unrivaled storyteller, Gabaldon’s lectures are filled with humor, wit, and fascinating anecdotes.

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  • Praise for Diana Gabaldon

    It was a huge success! Our community was completely overcome with gratitude for the event and especially Diana’s willingness to stay and sign books for everyone who got in line. She was very kind and gracious during her time with us. She is also hilarious, had the whole crowd cracking up!! It was truly a pleasure to welcome her.

    Westerville Public Library

    It was WONDERFUL!! I can not express how much everyone enjoyed the event! Diana was her usual beautiful and gracious self… I honestly am not sure how this weekend could have gone any more smoothly or been any better.

    Thru The Stones

    The event was amazing. Diana was gracious, funny, and engaging – everything we’d known she would be.

    Douglas County Libraries

    Praise for The Scottish Prisoner

    This could be the worthy Lord John Grey’s breakout novel, as readers are treated to large dollops of Outlander hero Jamie Fraser... The strong chemistry between these two stalwart, yet supremely dissimilar, protagonists crackles.


    Praise for A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    Essential for every fiction collection.

    Library Journal

    Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series have another rousing historical-science-fiction-romance novel to savour in A Breath of Snow and Ashes…. For fans, this book is another slam-dunk hit. It’s a massive, long-lasting source of entertainment.

    The Gazette (Montreal)

    Praise for The Fiery Cross

    A word-of-mouth cult success and a publishing phenomenon.

    Kitchener-Waterloo Record

    Praise for Drums of Autumn

    Unforgettable characters...Richly embroidered with historical detail...I just can’t put it down.

    Cincinnati Post

    Praise for An Echo in the Bone

    All you've come to expect from Gabaldon...adventure, history, romance, fantasy.

    The Arizona Republic

    Praise for Voyager

    Triumphant... Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.

    Publishers Weekly

    Praise for Dragonfly in Amber

    Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller... The pages practically turn themselves.

    Arizona Republic

    Praise for Outlander

    Gabaldon fashions deeply-probed characters and a richly textured setting… History comes deliciously alive on the page.

    New York Daily News

    Marvelously entertaining...a page-turner of the highest order.

    Chattanooga Times Free Press
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