NEW AND UPCOMING RELEASES
- Now that WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is done, what else is Diana Gabaldon working on?
There will definitely be a Book 9, but Diana has not yet started working on it in any serious way. See the Release Dates FAQ for a list of Diana's current and upcoming books and stories.
- How can I get autographed copies of Diana Gabaldon's books?
All of Diana's books are available through the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is Diana's local bookstore. She stops by the store frequently to sign their orders.
If you want autographed copies of any of the books (in any format, including hardcover), the Poisoned Pen can get them for you. (I ordered a set of autographed OUTLANDER hardcovers from the Poisoned Pen in January, 2008, and the bookstore staff seemed very helpful and knowledgeable about Diana's books.) Diana says they ship all over the world.
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If you have questions about the OUTLANDER TV series, please see the OUTLANDER TV Series FAQ for the latest information. I try to keep it as up-to-date as possible.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
- Who is the ghost in OUTLANDER?
Diana has said many times, on her web site and elsewhere, that a) the ghost Frank sees in the beginning of OUTLANDER is Jamie, and b) we will find out the explanation for the ghost and what he's doing there, but not until the very end of the very last book.
- Will Jamie ever time-travel?
The answer to that is a definite NO. Diana has stated, repeatedly, that Jamie will never time-travel under any circumstances. The ability to time-travel is genetic, and Jamie lacks the time-travel gene.
- What did Jamie mean in THE FIERY CROSS when he said, "Tell her...I meant it."
He was referring to the scene in DRUMS OF AUTUMN (chapter 16, "The First Law of Thermodynamics") where he and Claire discover the site of Fraser's Ridge, and they discuss the prospect of Jamie's death. He meant it when he told Claire that he will love her forever, even after he is dead. In other words, that death cannot separate them.
- What is the order of the Lord John books/stories?
- "Lord John and the Hellfire Club" (short story, first story in HAND OF DEVILS)
- LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER (novel)
- "Lord John and the Succubus" (novella, second story in HAND OF DEVILS)
- LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE (novel)
- "Lord John and the Haunted Soldier" (novella, third story in HAND OF DEVILS)
- "The Custom of the Army" (novella, published in WARRIORS 3 anthology)
- THE SCOTTISH PRISONER (novel, published November 29, 2011)
- "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" (novella, published October 4, 2011 in DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS anthology)
All of these stories take place during the time period when Jamie is at Helwater.
- Who is the "foot-tickler" in THE FIERY CROSS?
Diana confirmed on Compuserve that Claire's mysterious nocturnal visitor was indeed Jamie, as many of us had suspected.
- What are the differences between OUTLANDER and CROSS STITCH?
I did a detailed comparison of the two books in 2009. Look here:
Differences Between OUTLANDER and CROSS STITCH: Part 1
Differences Between OUTLANDER and CROSS STITCH: Part 2
Differences Between OUTLANDER and CROSS STITCH: Part 3
- Why did the 16-year-old Lord John give his name as "William Grey" when he first met Jamie and Claire in DRAGONFLY IN AMBER?
The answer depends on whether you want to look at it from John's point of view, or from the author's. :-)
Here's a post from Diana on Compuserve that explains why John didn't give his name as "John William Grey". And here is Diana's explanation in the OUTLANDISH COMPANION:
He was originally called William; however, I very much wanted to name Jamie's son Willie, and--with Jamie's older brother having the same name--I thought that would be too many Williams in a small space, so I changed Lord William to Lord John, as unobtrusively as I could.
(OUTLANDISH COMPANION, p. 399)
- Jamie's son William "hears the stones" in ECHO. Can he time-travel?
Diana answered this question on Compuserve on June 21, 2012, as follows:
Willie has a strong imagination and some of Jamie's gift for poetic expression <g>; he's not a time-traveler.Still not convinced? For my detailed analysis, look here.
- Who are the two unidentified men who rescue Jerry MacKenzie near the end of "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"?
If you've read AN ECHO IN THE BONE, especially chapter 90 ("Armed with Diamonds and with Steel"), you probably already know who these two are. And if that didn't clear up the mystery for you, read WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD!
- There are several references in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER to a "disastrous conversation" between Jamie and Lord John. Where can I find that scene?
It's in LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, chapter 32, "The Path of Honor". And it's a really terrific scene, one of my favorites in that book.
- Where are the Gaelic audio files mentioned in the Author's Notes in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER?
They were never posted, and I'm not sure they ever will be. Cathy MacGregor posted this update on Compuserve on Feb. 22, 2012:
I have been in the wonderful position of organizing the Gaelic translations for Diana's books for a few years now. It's great fun: I translate the REALLY simple stuff, and I get my great friend Catherine-Ann MacPhee, who is a well-known Gaelic singer, actress, BBC tv presenter, etc. etc. etc., to do the more complex stuff . . . and I got our pal Kevin Dooley, an Irish singer and writer, to do the Irish chunks for the latest book, The Scottish Prisoner. I recorded them too, and that's what we'll have up on her website as soon as we can. You wouldn't believe how complicated it is to do the phonetic transcriptions! I've been a learner, off and on, for over 10 years now (and I grew up hearing a smattering from my grandparents), and I still find them really difficult. Also, the page refs from the book are different from the typescript I was working with, so that took a little work . . . and somewhere along the line I realized that Diana already had some stuff in Gaelic in there that we did not have to translate . . .so we hadn't recorded them, as we had only recorded what was on our "to-do" list. There's more, but I won't bore you to death: my wee bit of work is richly rewarding, and I'm looking forward to making the recordings and transcriptions available as soon as we can.
- What did Geillis Duncan mean in OUTLANDER chapter 25, in the thieves' hole, when she said, "So it's possible"?
According to Diana, "She means 'so love (like that) is possible.'"
- Does Diana have a Facebook page?
Yes! Diana's official Facebook page was launched in September, 2011. For more details, see Diana's blog post here.
- How can I follow Diana on Twitter?
Diana's id on Twitter is Writer_DG. Look here to see her recent tweets.
- What are the #DailyLines, and where can I find them?
Diana posts brief bits from her current writing on Facebook and Twitter under the tagline "#DailyLines". She has not yet posted any #DailyLines from Book 9.
For technical assistance in accessing the #DailyLines, on either Facebook or Twitter, look here.