|Diana Gabaldon in Edinburgh|
• NEW BOOK – Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone
(we must tell the bees if something important is happening.)
She spoke of keeping the Gaelic culture alive.
For her first two books she was getting Gaelic from a dictionary. Ian Taylor got in touch with her and did translations. They were afraid Gaelic would be a dead language in ten years – “It would not be because we didn’t try.” She said, and Gabaldon was quite emotional over this.
She has been in recent times one of the most significant people for Scotland’s soft power on the world stage. She hopes there has been a Gaelic culture revival.
She is now writing book ten, and perhaps the last in this long running saga. While the first books were set in Scotland , the more recent seasons have been set in America, on the Mackenzie Ridge. In this way she has melded her own unusual roots – Mexican and English - with the important contributions the Scots made in the early years of European settlements in America before the wars of Independence. .
Her books are on the Number One best sellers list.
G spoke of her writing process - ‘who is this character and what do they want.” The people are real for me she said. She enjoys the research process too and walking on battlefields, which are very spiritual. The research plus what appeals to me.
After the fact storylines and shaping. She references her earlier books with delicate engineering, picking up the threads and little bits of the pattern.
130K book sales of her first edition. – and she has managed to stay ahead of the TV show.
She is now writing on a prequel, of Brianna and Allan, Jamie’s parents and the Jacobites.
She worked in research Arizona state university.
Gabaldon studied Zoology, marine biology, and a PHD in behavioral ecology. Later she wrote
software reviews and technical articles for computer publications, as well as popular-science articles and Disney comics. She was a professor with an expertise in scientific computation at ASU for 12 years before leaving to write full-time.
And yes the Kilt inspiration!
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