Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon joined Marly on the podcast to share what it has been like writing the 8 books in the Outlander series (7 published and one to come in March 2014), along with the excitement regarding the tv series based on the first book that Starz is producing and is expected to hit the cable airways in 2014. Click to Listen

The show began with the big SPOILER ALERT disclaimer so that all of the listeners knew Marly and Diana were going to talk about all things Outlander and nothing was going to be left out of the discussion. For me, that made the interview that much better because Marly was able to ask about specific scenes without having to tip toe around the topic.

Here is an excerpt from Diana’s bio on her wonderful website https://www.dianagabaldon.com/ :

“Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine 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 adventure began in 1991 with the classic OUTLANDER (“historical fiction with a Moebius twist”), has continued through six more New York Times-bestselling novels— DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with more than twenty million copies in print worldwide.”

So what’s in store if you give the podcast a listen?  You will find out the answers to the following:

  • Does Diana knit or crochet herself?
  • What kind of writing process does she use when writing the pages of her books?
  • Who was the inspiration for Highlander Jamie Fraser?
  • How long did it take for Outlander to find a publisher?
  • Will book 8 (My Own Heart’s Blood) be the final book in the series?
  • How does Diana react to feedback regarding certain scenes in her book?
  • How long has Diana be a presence on social media?
  • How does Diana feel about the casting for the main roles for the Starz series?

Join Marly and Diana as they talk about why Jamie and Claire have entranced so many readers for the past 22 years, and why the idea of “What makes people stay married for 50 years” has had such an impact on the development of the series.

Besides Diana Gabaldon’s website, you can also follow her on Twitter @Writer_DG or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDianaGabaldon .

*Giveaway* – leave a comment here with Diana’s secret word, and you could win a booklet containing the first 7 chapters of My Own Heart’s Blood.  Winner will be chosen the week of Oct. 14th! 

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  1. Denise Brunson @ugotDenise says:

    I’m no a Sassenach (Clan Gunn) , but I love the books and Diana’s genius writing ability. Enjoyed the show.

  2. Cori Sherman North says:

    Is this where we can leave the code word “sassanach?” Really enjoyed the interview time this morning, with my favorite author!

  3. Wanda Steffanson says:

    Enjoyed the podcast with Diana Gabaldon today. Here’s the keyword for MOBY 1st 7 chapters giveaway: Sassenach.

  4. cheryl says:

    Enjoyed the podcast. The interaction between you and Diana Gabaldon was great!! I am so looking forward to Written In my Own Heart’s Blood. Would help tide me over if I could win the 7 chapter give-away, hint-hint!!!! KEY WORD: Sassenach.

  5. Erin Conrad says:

    What a terrific interview! And Sassenach is a great keyword. I publicized this podcast – and your great knitting site – on threeifbyspace.net, as part of my STARZ Outlander coverage.

  6. Jacqueline Roodnat says:

    Thank you so much for the podcast today! Love Diana Gabaldon! You are my favorite author. I left a reply above with the Key Word “Sassenach”.

  7. Linda Schultz (@lsdragonfly1) says:

    Thank You for a wonderful PodCast, Love the books have read the books multiple times and am looking forward to the Series. Thank You Diana for being so accessible Twitter and FB. Thank You Both!! Sassenach is the key to the whole series.

  8. Cait Donnelly says:

    I’m clan Stewart of Appin — no Sassenach, here! But I love Jamie and Lord John — you’ve created two men so different and two of my favorite fictional characters ever. Thanks, Diana.

  9. Stephanie Hauser says:

    Sassenach, I loved the interview even though Diana made me cry when she choked up. Would love to win the 1st 7 chapters of MOBY.

  10. Tammy Proux says:

    Loved this interview. Diana – gracious as always. Still on tenterhooks waiting for book eight (and I haven’t even had to wait as long as most of the people in this feed I am sure). Keyword: Sassenach 🙂

  11. Laurie Clark says:

    What an incredible day when my yarn world and Outlander world collide! Thank you Marly and Diana! Really enjoyed the show. You made me one very happy sassenach!

  12. Melisss Cruz says:

    Such a wonderful podcast tonight! Thanks for interviewing Diana Gabaldon. I may not be a “sassesnach” but I love the Outlander series immensely. 🙂

  13. Anita Dodds says:

    My favorite author. I’ve read the entire series twice and also listened to the audio books while knitting and gardening. I love how Jamie uses Sassenach as a term of endearment for Claire. Wonderful podcast. Thanks.

  14. Jen Fodaski says:

    Love the Outlander series of books and have all 7 awaiting number 8. After todays’ podcast I think I will restart the series via audiobooks. I wold love the chance of winnning the firt 7 chapters of the newest book!!

  15. M McQue says:

    Loved the interview with Diana. Sassenach is a great key word! One of the best parts is hearing Teresa’s voice and having Diana know William B. Yeah!

  16. Kimber says:

    Thanks for an entertaining podcast. I’m more of a mutt, but I do love reading about everyone’s favorite Sassenach.

  17. Tonia H says:

    I greatly enjoyed the podcast, Diana is so very good with words, both written and spoken! I would love to read the first 7 chapters of MOBY (code word Sassenach), thank you both for this opportunity to win them. I had fun looking around your delightful website Marly, I’ll be back!

  18. Kara says:

    Great podcast, glad I heard about you Marly, I’ll be listening to your other podcasts now. Oh yeah: Sassenach.

  19. April Dunnigan says:

    What a wonderful interview! I’ve been a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s books for years. I love to knit or crochet while listening to the audio versions of the books as well, Davina Porter does an amazing job with them. I am looking forward to exploring your blog as well. 🙂 “Sassenach” Thank you!

  20. Jessica Robbins says:

    I would love to win! I follow Diana on Facebook and every morning, even before my coffee I look for my DL. Key word for the mini-book is Sassenach.

  21. Doreen McAllister says:

    Thank you for giving us the right way to pronounce “Sassenach”! I have pronounced it so many different ways over the years/books. Great interview! Thanks Marly and Diana for sharing with all of us.

  22. Paula McCredie says:

    Great interview! Love reading and listening to all the Outlander books. Can’t wait to hear Jamie (Sam) call Claire Sassenach for the first time.

  23. Colleen Reft says:

    Great interview! Diana always gives a wonderful interview and Marly did a great job in keeping things interesting and fun. Sassenach.

  24. Emma (kesal) says:

    I’ve liked the word Sassenach since I first came across it. Before I knew I was allergic to cats I planned to name my next on Sassenach (it was going to be a British Blue)

  25. Sande Brewton says:

    I’ve been in acute distress since Echo ended, temporarily buoyed by the daily lines. Here’s hoping I win! #sassenach

  26. Evangeline Gelech says:

    Sassenach!!!!! I have been an avid fan of the Outlander series for years, and was SO UPSET when the book release was pushed back! 🙂 Fingers crossed!

  27. Amy says:

    First time I’ve listened to Marly’s podcasts but I loved it. And of course I loved listening to Diana Gabaldon. What a treat!

  28. Cheryl clemons says:

    I am new to Outlander and found the interview very interesting. I am anxious to read the book. Sassenach is a great word for the giveaway.

  29. Sandi says:

    I have loved this series for many years and am really looking forward to next issue. Jamie and his Sassenach always make for great reading.

  30. Peg Wood says:

    Sassenach…I can hear it just like Davina Porter pronounces it. Love the Outlander series…it is my absolute favorite. Great interview.

  31. Vitalia Daza says:

    Oh my. What a lovely interview with our beloved Diana. I study herbs and loved her answer about how she researches the herbs and their historical uses. it’s one of the details I really enjoy with the books. Wish she could mail me a signed box of pomegranates since they’re my favourite. haha I’d love to be entered into the contest.

    Sassenach 😉

  32. Connie Freiburger says:

    I really enjoyed the interview and listening to Diana. Really looking forward to the next book! I’m such a Sassenach!

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