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Diana Gabaldon wrote her first novel, Outlander, a 600-page historical saga set in the 18th century Highlands, in 1988. Since its publication in 1991, she has become one of America’s most popular fiction writers.

Her novels in this popular book series, beginning with Outlander, revolve around her main characters, the 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his time-travelling wife, Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. They are set in 18th century Scotland and pre-revolutionary America. The novels can be described as rooted in history but with a very strong element of fantasy and romance.

Gabaldon was born and raised in Arizona where she lives today with her husband and daughters. Even though she writes of Scotland, fans find it curious that she has no Scottish heritage. Diana’s father was from New Mexico and her mother’s heritage is from Yorkshire and Germany. She has simply taken on the Scottish culture as her own in order to write fiction that is grounded in the history of the period.

Diana has degrees in zoology and marine biology and a Ph.D. in behavioral ecology. Early in her professional career as a scientist, Gabaldon worked with analytical software for research purposes. This lead to acquiring skills on the Internet. She found her first agent by publishing excerpts of her book on CompuServe. These books have become so popular that she can no longer answer all of her fan mail and has resorted to posting information on the Internet in response to her fans questions. Over the years she has maintained several websites devoted to her novels such as her second book, Dragonfly in Amber, and her fourth novel, Drums of Autumn. Countless fans post questions to her on these websites about her writings and her future works.

As anyone who has read a Gabaldon novel will tell you, pick one up and read a few pages and it’s a good bet you won’t be able to put it down again!