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OUTLANDER FANS, REJOICE!
THE LONG-AWAITED SIXTH BOOK IN DIANA GABALDON'S SERIES ARRIVES
Diana Gabaldon fans, mark your calendars! The much-awaited sixth installment in the celebrated Outlander series will finally arrive in bookstores September 27. Readers have been waiting since 2001 for A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Delacorte), the continuing saga of 18th-century Scottish hero Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century English wife, Claire Randall Fraser. The Outlander saga defies description: part romance, suspense, time travel, paranormal/sci-fi and, of course, historical saga. Sometimes this confuses booksellers, who don't know where to shelve the books, but it hasn't bothered readers, who have been held spellbound since the first book appeared in 1991.
RT BOOKclub recently caught up with Gabaldon.
RT: Is this the final book?
GABALDON: No, not all. There will be at least one more book, tentatively titled King Farewell. Although there may be more, because
as I go along, they tend to get long and I might find there is another book before the final one. I also plan to write a prequel about Jamie Fraser's parents. In addition, I am under contract to write two contemporary mysteries. The books are set in Arizona and feature a male, first-person point of view. The first, called Red Ant's Head, should be finished by the end of this year. I also have a subseries about Lord John Grey, who is a character in the Outlander series.
RT: Would you ever like to travel back in time?
GABALDON: As long as I could come back and I know that the people who need me are fine...absolutely yes! I would like to go to prehistoric times. I just came back from a three-day course that featured the archaeology and anthropology of the people of the Colorado Plateau. Although I would like to go to the 18th century, there is so much documented history about that time you can research. What I find fascinating about prehistoric times is that we don't have written archives and records, we can only speculate about how and why people did what they did.
RT:What are your
personal theories on whether an individual can change the course of history?
GABALDON: I certainly had to work out a philosophy about this because of
my books. I don't believe that people's lives are preordained. I believe that people have free will and certainly could change history in small ways. Some historic events are so large in scope and take so much time to develop that one person would be unable to change something that huge--like the evolution of democracy, which took many people and many years to evolve. Although an individual could do something that might affect an aspect of it, like assassinate John Locke per se, which would affect some things but not history at large.
RT: Why are all of your books so different?
GABALDON: I write for myself. I am always trying something new. Sometimes this frustrates readers who expect every book to follow the same logic, but that wouldn't interest me as a writer. Most of my readers read the books first for the story, but then they go back and re-read to find the layers and connections. --Kate Ryan
DIANA GABALDON'S OUTLANDER SERIES
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
DRUMS OF AUTUMN
THE FIERY CROSS
A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES
Delacorte, Oct. '05
THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION:
In which much is revealed regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, their lives and times, antecedents, adventures, companions, and progeny, with learned commentary (and many footnotes) by their humble Creator
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