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Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including CROSS STITCH, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS and A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Diana Gabaldon on her influences...

I know writers of novels who say they don't read fiction at all while working on a book, out of fear of "being influenced" by what they read. I am struck by horror at the thought of going years without being able to read fiction (though perhaps these people write faster than I do, and take long vacations between books?)—but more struck by the sheer silliness of this.

Everything writers see, think, and experience influences their work. How could it not? Now, it's true that people do ask writers, "Where do you get your ideas?" and that writers--out of facetiousness or desperation--give answers like, "From the Sears catalog" (or "From," depending on the writer's vintage). But the truth is that writers get ideas from every damn thing they see, hear, smell, touch, taste, think, feel, or do—including the books they read.

Naturally, one wants to develop a unique voice, but do kids learn to talk without ever being talked to? You have an individual voice, by virtue of being an individual. And your individuality is composed of your essential God-given spark of personality and of the sum total of the things you encounter in life. Now, whether each encounter is a bruising collision or a fruitful act of love…who knows? But all of it is grist to a writer's mill; so much should be obvious, if one reads at all widely.

Personally, I learned to read at the age of three, and have read non-stop ever since. I'll be 58 next week; you can read a lot of books in fifty-five years. I'm sure that every single book I've ever read has had some influence on me as a writer, whether negative (I've read a lot of books with the mounting conviction that I would never in my life do something like that) or positive.

If you like Diana Gabaldon you might also like to read books by Reay Tannahill, Pamela Hartshorne and Will Davenport.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander: Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon
This is the Second Novel in the Bestselling Outlander Series - now a major new TV series. For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the majesty of Scotland's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Diana Gabaldon
This is an incredible series which began with Cross Stitch in 1994. Back then Claire stepped through a stone circle in Scotland in 1945 and found herself in the Jacobean Rebellion in 1743. She fell for a highlander, an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2015
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The fourth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Jamie and Claire seem likely to finally have a happy life in Georgia but two hundred years in the future their daughter, Brianna, must come to terms with her mother’s return to the past...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon
The second in Gabaldon’s Outlander series starts in 1968 with Claire and her daughter Brianna having gone to visit an old family friend following Frank’s death as Claire hopes to uncover a little more of her time travelling mystery and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
The Fiery Cross
Diana Gabaldon
The fifth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Claire and Jamie are happily helping Brianna and Roger settle into their new life – and family – in pre-independence America. But trouble is brewing and Jamie’s soon called upon to lead a local...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon
The third in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. At the start of the book Jamie and Claire are separated by centuries. Jamie’s survived Culloden but pretty much wishes he hadn’t and his life is certainly far from the one he imagined. Claire...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
Cross Stitch
Diana Gabaldon
The first in Gabaldon’s Outlander series which has now been made into a TV series. Claire is a nurse whose service in the Second World War has kept her and her husband Frank apart so they take a second honeymoon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Diana Gabaldon
The sixth in Gabaldon’s Outlander series. As the sparks of revolution threaten to ignite into a full blown war all of Jamie’s beliefs and morals are to be tested as his loyalties are pulled between the oath he swore to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/02/2015
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Diana Gabaldon
This is an incredible series which began with Cross Stitch in 1994. Back then Claire stepped through a stone circle in Scotland in 1945 and found herself in the Jacobean Rebellion in 1743. She fell for a highlander, an...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon
A Trail of Fire
Diana Gabaldon
Time travelling and historical fiction blend in these four extraordinary stories featuring characters from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide. In two of them soldier come spy Lord John can be found in Jamaica...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2012
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
The Scottish Prisoner
Diana Gabaldon
Corruption, conspiracy and murder abound in the 4th full adventure for the aristocratic soldier come spy Lord John, who we first encountered in Diana Gabaldon’s time travelling Outlander series. Set in the late 18th Century these fascinating historical fiction novels...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/10/2012
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
An Echo in the Bone
Diana Gabaldon
Once upon a recent time Claire stepped through some standing stones in Scotland and found herself in the Jacobean uprising. Six books ago she fell in love with Jamie and married him. Her big gift to him is her knowledge...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2010
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
An Echo in the Bone
Diana Gabaldon
The long wait is over and the seventh instalment in the Outlander series is here. Packed full of historical detail and characters galore, settle down with 800 plus pages of pure enjoyment. The Outlander series: 1. Cross Stitch ...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/01/2010
Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
Lord John and the Private Matter
Diana Gabaldon
A real page-turner featuring a spin-off character from her Outlander series that, interestingly, is gay in 1750s London. Great stuff and easily read at 300 odd pages.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/10/2004

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