Things you didn’t know about The Outlander series and Diana Gabaldon

I’ve recently become obsessed with the Outlander series and I thought why not share some fun facts with fellow fans and book enthusiasts:

1. Outlander was published in the U.K under the tittle Cross Stitch. Not as appealing as Outlander if you ask me.

2. I’ve heard from a very credible source that if you email Diana Gabaldon she will respond back. How amazing is that?

3. The first book of the series was actually a trial run for Diana, she didn’t intend to show it to anyone but wanted to practice writing a novel. If only all first attempts were this amazing…

4. The inspiration for Jamie Fraser came from a Doctor Who character named James McCrimmon.

5. Claire Beauchamp was too modern for 17th century Scotland and so Diana decided to use time travel to explain her characters  contemporary personality.

6. Diana did all of her research for the series the old fashioned way, through books, books and more books. This had to have taken some extreme determination and a lot of notes, can you imagine not being able to Google?

7. The Outlander won the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Romance of 1991. I’m 24 and so it shocked me when I realized that the first book came out when I was 1…

8. The Outlander Series premiered in the U.S on August 9th, 2014 and was picked up for a second season.

9. Written In My Own Heart’s Blood came out the same day as Hilary Clinton’s memoir Hard Choices, Diana beat Hilary.

10. Diana’s children haven’t read her books because they say it’s awkward to read a romance novel written by your mother. They’re probably right about that.

 

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