Author Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon - Author known for the Outlander and Lord John Grey series

Some interesting facts about Diana:

  • She was born on January 11, 1952, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Her father was an Arizona senator.
  • Diana earned a BS in Zoology from Northern Arizona University in 1973.
  • She earned a Master of Science in marine biology from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1975.
  • Her PhD in behavioral ecology was earned in 1978 from Northern Arizona University.
  • In the mid 80’s, Diana wrote software reviews and technical articles for computer publications and science articles, and wrote comic books for the Walt Disney Company.
  • She was a professor with an expertise in scientific computation at Arizona State University for 12 years.
  • In 1988, Diana decided to write a novel for practice and just to learn how without any thought about publishing. She did not intend to show her work to anyone.
  • The time period for her book, the mid 1700’s, was inspired by a Doctor Who series episode, The War Games.
  • The original title for Outlander was Cross Stitch, as a play on words for “a stitch in time.”
    Cross Stitch is still the title used in the UK.
  • After Diana finished her second book, she resigned from ASU to write full time.
  • As of 2012, Diana’s novels have been published in 24 languages and in 27 countries.
  • Outlander won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Romance of 1991.
  • The Outlander series has been adapted into a TV series on the Starz network.
  • The third season of the Starz Outlander series was released in the US in April 2018.
  • She is the mother of the fantasy author Sam Sykes.
  • Diana has three grown children and lives with her husband Doug Watkins in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • She is currently writing and doing historical research for the ninth book of the Outlander series:  Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone.