#1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Outlander series
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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 Salon.com 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 fourth season.
Spanning time, space, and genres, 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, www.dianagabaldon.com
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.
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.— Booklist
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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