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Diana Gabaldon honored Avalon Waterways as the godmother of the Avalon Tapestry II in 2015 and said this of the experience, "I've been invited to do everything from leading parades to being installed as a Lady of the Quebec Garrison of the 78th Highlanders—but being godmother to a lovely ship will be a new and fabulous experience! I'm looking forward to new adventures—and doubtless good food—while exploring the history-lined rivers of Europe!"
The eighth and most recent major novel in the ‘Outlander’ series, ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,' was released on June 10, 2014 in the U.S.A. and Canada. The book made its debut as number one on the New York Times bestseller list in the hardcover category and combined e-book and hardcover category! And the book is also a bestseller in Canada.
Diana is serving as a Co-Producer and advisor for the popular Outlander TV series, produced by the Starz network and Tall Ship Productions and distributed by Sony International, which is based on her novels. She has written a script for an episode of the series, also.
Her main current writing project is the ninth major novel in the ‘Outlander’ series, ‘Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone.'
Two, which are nonfiction (well, relatively) works which provide details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the first eight novels in the Outlander series of novels. Gabaldon (it’s pronounced “GAA-bull-dohn”—rhymes with “stone”) 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,' L’ord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade’, ‘Lord John and the Hand of Devils,' and ‘The Scottish Prisoner.'
Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled ‘The Exile’ (set within the ‘Outlander’ universe and featuring the main characters from ‘Outlander’), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, and published by Del-Rey.
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 seven more New York Times-bestselling novels — ‘Dragonfly in Amber,' ‘Voyager,' ‘Drums of Autumn,' ‘The Fiery Cross,' ‘A Breath of Snow and Ashes,' ‘An Echo in the Bone,' and ‘Written in My Own Heart’s Blood’, with more than twenty-eight million copies in print worldwide.
The series is published in 26 countries and 23 languages, and includes ‘The Outlandish Companion’, Volumes One and
Dr. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology, (plus an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters, which entitles her to be “Diana Gabaldon, Ph.D., D.H.L.” She supposes this is better than “Diana Gabaldon, Phd.X,”) and spent a dozen years as a university professor with an expertise in scientific computation before beginning to write fiction. She has written scientific articles and textbooks, worked as a contributing editor on the MacMillan ‘Encyclopedia of Computers,' founded the scientific-computation journal ‘Science Software Quarterly,' and has written numerous comic-book scripts for Walt Disney. None of this has anything whatever to do with her novels, but there it is.
Diana and her husband, Douglas Watkins, have three adult children, two grandchildren, and live mostly in Scottsdale, Arizona.