Author Spotlight: Diana Gabaldon

Background

Diana Gabaldon (pronounced GAB-uhl-dohn) was born in Williams, Arizona on January 11,1952. She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and grown children; one of whom is a writer (Sam Skyes)

Diana Gabaldon Cameo

Before granting us with the gift that is Outlander, Gabaldon worked as a university professor for 12 years with an expertise in scientific computation. Her writing has not all been works of fiction. She has contributed to textbooks and scientific articles.

Given her writing skill and ability to create such compelling stories, I’ve always found it odd that Diana Gabaldon has three degrees in the science field. Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology. That’s right, people. Herself is actually Dr. Herself.

Gabaldon has managed to do what I believe is nearly impossible. She has not only managed to maintain her series for 23 years (yeah, you read that right), she has also managed to drastically increase her fan-base, have her books adapted for television, and reach bestseller status for all of her primary works in the Outlander Series.

Awards
  • RITA Award for Best Novel
    (Outlander, 1992)
  • Goodreads Choice Awards Best Romance
    (An Echo in the Bone, 2009)
  • Goodreads Choice Awards Best Romance
    (Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, 2014)
  • Quill Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
    (A Breath of Snow and Ashes, 2006)
Written Works

nyTimesEvery Outlander novel to date have been New York Times Bestsellers.
Outlander
Review | Goodreads | Amazon
Dragonfly in Amber
Review | Goodreads | Amazon
Voyager
Review | Goodreads | Amazon
Drums of Autumn
Review | Goodreads | Amazon
The Fiery Cross
Review | Goodreads | Amazon
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Goodreads | Amazon
An Echo in the Bone
Goodreads | Amazon
Written in my Own Heart’s Blood
Goodreads | Amazon

Gabaldon has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series):
Lord John and the Private Matter
Goodreads | Amazon
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade
Goodreads | Amazon
Lord John and the Hand of the Devils
Goodreads | Amazon
Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner: heavily features Jamie
Goodreads | Amazon

According to Gabaldon’s website, the Outlander Series has been published in 27 countries and 24 languages. In an era of self publishing and books that never make it to print, I find this to be a particularly strong achievement. Gabaldon has been publicly praised for her extreme detail and accurate historical depictions.

There are several novels, novellas, spin-off books and even a reading guide that make up the complete Outlander Series. I have included a list of the main titles here, hopefully this reading order will help.

I highly recommend reading all of the novels, novellas and companion guides in order. You don’t have to, as long as you read the primary books of the series in the correct order, however if you read them all it makes for an unforgettable reading experience.

Social Links

Diana Gabaldon: Author and Co-Producer
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Compuserve

 

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