Will there be a Book 9?

There continues to be a lot of speculation and rumors flying around Facebook and various fan-sites to the effect that WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD might be the last book in the OUTLANDER series.

This is a rumor, nothing more. As Diana Gabaldon said last April on Compuserve:
I can't think _what_ makes people do that.  Every single time a new book comes out, I get rashes of email from people moaning about how sad they are that it's the last one. Did I ever _say_ it was the last one? No! Never! Where do they _get_ this stuff?
The subject came up again on Compuserve yesterday (February 8, 2012), and I thought it was worth repeating Diana's comments here:
FWIW--I haven't said Book 8 is the last book. I won't say for sure that it isn't, until I've seen the whole shape of it--but for now, it's not. <g>
And here is another comment from Diana, dated February 2, 2012:
Well, I'm beginning to _feel_ that it isn't the last book, but I'm not about to declare that definitively until I've seen the end of Moby [she means Book 8]. And ends, like beginnings, just come along of their own free will, and can occur at any point in the process.
I'm certainly hoping that there will be a Book 9; I've said before that I like the idea of a "trilogy of trilogies" very much. But Diana has consistently and repeatedly said for months that she does not know yet with certainty whether Book 8 will be the last one or not. When she does know for sure, she'll tell us.

In the meantime, if you hear of anyone spreading rumors to the effect that WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is going to be the last book in the series, please point them to this blog post so they can see Diana's own words for themselves. Thanks!

And we'll just have to wait and see.


Lara said...

I wish people could just be grateful for the fact we're getting a book 8! Book 9? I can't think about that till after I've read book 8! So silly, people worry about the most random things. :)

Hev said...

I know that I am grateful for every book. I keep re-reading them over & over. I love that the books have come to book 8, but I also understand that the series will have to stop somewhere. To me each new book is like a Christmas present.

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