Diana Gabaldon

Writer

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 nineteen million copies in print worldwide The series is published in 24 countries and 21 languages, and includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon (it's pronounced "GAH-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, LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, and LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. Another Lord John book, LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, was published in 2011). 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 was published by Ballantine in 2010.

Diana Gabaldon

SiWC Workshops

Saturday 3:30pm

In our annual bestseller panel, moderator Donald Maass leads our panel through an exploration of life in the big leagues. Our guess is they're not above writing in their pajamas if they feel like it. But wonder how life has changed since the publisher started putting "bestseller" on the covers of their books or what added challenges come writing the next book after a big success? Come find out!

Friday 1:30pm

You know you don't want to start with the backstory, but does that mean not using it at all?  Diana Gabaldon shows you how to use the backstory as a thread with which to weave, knit, texturize and embroider a dazzling tale.