‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon. A Zoologist Who Writes Historical Fiction

‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon. A Zoologist Who Writes Historical Fiction
Isabel del Rio

Outlander TV show is great and everybody is waiting for season 2. The sow is based on amazing books by author Diana Gabaldon. Today, ten things you should know about Gabaldon.

'Outlander' Author Diana Gabaldon. A Zoologist Who Writes Historical Fiction

Diana Gabaldon. Photo attribution veesees

Diana Gabaldon was born on January 11, 1952, in Arizona, and grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her father Tony Gabaldon (1931–1998) was an Arizona state senator from Flagstaff for sixteen years and later a supervisor of Coconino County.

Diana Gabaldon earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northern Arizona University, 1970–1973; a Master of Science in Marine biology from the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1973–1975;, and a PhD in Behavioral ecology from Northern Arizona University, 1975–1978.

She was the founding editor of Science Software Quarterly in 1984 while employed at the Center for Environmental Studies at Arizona State University.

She taught environmental science at ASU for 12 years before leaving to write full-time.

In 1988, Gabaldon decided to write a novel for “practice, just to learn how.” As a research professor, she decided that a historical novel would be easiest to research and write: Outlander.

“People assume that science is a very cold sort of profession, whereas writing novels is a warm and fuzzy intuitive thing. But in fact, they are not at all different.” Diana Gabaldon.

She choose Scotland in 1745, and a feminine character to tell those events. However, her female character “took over the story and began telling it herself, making smart-ass modern remarks about everything.”Thus, to explain her modern attitudes, the author chose to use time travel.

Later Gabaldon posted a short excerpt of her novel on the CompuServe Literary Forum, where author John E. Stith introduced her toliterary agent Perry Knowlton.

Outlander former title was Cross Stitch.

As of 2014, the Outlander series comprises eight published novels. The eighth installment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, was released on June 10, 2014.

Gabaldon lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Doug Watkins, with whom she has three adult children, one of them, Sam Skykes, is a writer too.

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Isabel del Rio

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