Monday, October 8, 2012

Interview with Russell Galen

Here's something a little different.  I stumbled across this recent interview with Diana Gabaldon's literary agent, Russell Galen, and I thought it was very interesting.

Even if you are not a writer or an aspiring writer, you might find Galen's comments worth reading.  Here is what he said about Diana and her books in particular:
The “Outlander” series by my client Diana Gabaldon is a particular favorite of mine.  It is a single unbroken story which currently covers eight volumes and about 2.5 million words, with more to come.  The story covers decades, and during that time its protagonist has gone from a beautiful young woman to a hearty grandmother who still has a sexual appetite that would exhaust most college students. She has changed and grown and deepened over the course of those years while also managing to stay true to her core self, despite war, disease, death, and revolution.

Very few characters are complicated enough, and experience enough growth, to remain interesting for 2.5 million words, and few writers can envision or create such characters. But when they do that’s my perfect literary experience.
You can see the full interview here.

2 comments:

TS Tate said...

Thanks for linking us! So glad you enjoyed the interview.
Best,
Tee
LitStack Editor-in-Chief

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that Galen focuses on the development of Claire's character. Not Jamie. Not Jamie and Claire. Perhaps I'm reading too much into this brief quote. My own opinion is that Claire is the most important character in the series so I find it comfortable to read what Diana's agent has to say.

Jerry