Book 9 in 2017?

Diana Gabaldon made a surprise announcement near the end of her interview with the Poisoned Pen on Sunday, October 11.

Starting at about 56:30 into the video, Diana says,
The betting at the moment is that [the next book] will be a collection of three novellas, to be published in 2016.
One of those novellas would presumably be "Virgins", the Jamie-and-Ian story, which is the only one of Diana's shorter pieces that is not yet available as a standalone e-book.  The second novella is likely the story about Hal and Minnie that Diana recently started working on.  And I have no idea about the third one, yet.
The idea is that Book 9 would come out with Season 3, if we get a Season 3, and if we do, that would be airing in 2017.
I was really startled to hear that Diana is aiming to finish Book 9 by 2017!  If it happens, that would be the shortest time between publication of the main OUTLANDER books since DRUMS OF AUTUMN was released in 1997.

When I asked Diana (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) on Compuserve whether she was planning to clone herself in order to get the book done that fast, she gave me a very detailed reply.  Among other things, she said she's planning to cut way back on traveling and public appearances in 2016, presumably so that she can concentrate on writing.

I would encourage you to read Diana's explanation in her own words.

Finally, a word about publication dates:  Please keep in mind that they are never set in stone! We saw that with WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, which had a last-minute delay in publication, at Diana's request, so that she could get the book finished to her satisfaction. I'm sure that she will do her utmost to get Book 9 completed in 2017, but there are no guarantees.


Molly Moore said...

We don't want the book any sooner than it takes to make it a great book. And tell the next segment of the story well . I'm sure we are all willing to wait for a great book than feel like ok, this was rushed so she can get it out.

Pat Rasmussen said...

I agree 100% with Molly Moore. I am willing to wait as long as it might take for Diana to be completely satisfied with #9.

Unknown said...

Thanks Karen for the update as I missed the PP event. And agree with previous commenters on the wait but in reading your link to the Compuservw Forum, I can't help but hope that Diana does get most of next year to do as she needs and not just for the next book. Other things, her family, health etc are important as well!

Michelle said...

Thanks, Karen, for the link to the very interesting comments from Diana!

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