Diana Gabaldon just spilled some details about Outlander season 3 on Starz, and her upcoming ninth Outlander novel.
Diana Gabaldon recently visited one of her favorite independent bookstores, The Poisoned Pen located in Phoenix, Arizona. In the video below she talks about two of the upcoming items in her universe: The Outlandish Companion Volume Two and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She also mentions her upcoming novellas, and her next major novel in the Outlander series, which has an Outlander season 3 connection.
Aside from the main Outlander novels that focus around the lives of Jamie and Claire, Diana Gabaldon has written a series of novels and novellas that center around the life of three people: Lord John Grey, a relative of Roger McKenzie Wakefield, and Joan MacKimmie. If you are only a fan of the TV show, those three names mean nothing to you at present, but they will come in season 2, and hopefully season 3 when it gets greenlit.
In any case, most of these other works feature Lord John Grey and his English aristocratic family in what could be called the historical mystery genre. The good news is that Gabaldon mentioned that she is working on a new novella centered around Lord John Grey’s brother, Hal, and how he and his wife Minerva, Minnie, got together. Avid readers have met Hal both in the Lord John series as well as in the most recent Outlander novel, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
Where am I? At the Pousoned Pen, almost ready to roll! pic.twitter.com/G0j4Qf7rfo
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) October 12, 2015
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Speaking of greenlighting Outlander season 3, Gabaldon dropped this tidbit: “Right now I am in fact working on book nine now that I’ve got done with all of the travelling this year. I’m able to sit this month and actually write…The goal is to get book 9 to come out concurrently with the third season of the show if we get a third season of the show.”
By our reckoning, this would put book nine’s debut around spring of 2017. Outlander season 2 will begin to air at an as of yet undisclosed date in 2016. As we previously reported, we are betting that it will debut some time around the end of April when Black Sails is done airing its third season. Likely, Outlander series 3 would follow a similar pattern.
Gabaldon is definitely a fan of the Starz adaptation of her Outlander novels. Last season she had a cameo as a guest at the gathering at Castle Leoch. This season she penned episode 11. Among her favorite scenes in season 1 that differed from her novel were the interactions between Colum and Dougal.
Other upcoming projects of Galabdon’s include a crime novel way down the road, and a short story in a mystery anthology based the cars of the late 1930s. Her husband, who is an avid car enthusiastic, may chime in as an unofficial technical adviser. She also has a short story idea that will feature Master Raymond, a mysterious character who we will meet this year in season 2.