• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

FAQ: Future Plans

The Frequently Asked Questions about Diana Gabaldon and The Outlander Series have been taken from her answers to the questions from her online fans (America On Line and CompuServe). In most cases, the answers are direct quotes from Diana’s posts. In others, she has edited the original answer to include more information.

Readers be cautioned that some of the answers to these questions will contain Spoilers. If you don’t want to know anything about the future books, be cautious in your reading. I will try to note which questions contain spoilers.

Where will the story end? SPOILER

I think the Outlander books will end in 1800. If this tells you anything, more power to you. {g} And yes, the last book will have a happy ending, though I confidently expect it to leave the readers in floods of tears, anyway.

Will there be any movies based on the book?

I don’t know about the film rights. Meaning–we had sold an option–to the production company who did The Stand, and who wanted to do a TV mini-series–but their option has expired. They’ve expressed interest in renewing it, but we now also have a couple of other interested parties, with various suggestions–feature film, BBC-sponsored series, etc. So at the moment, nothing is settled, but stay tuned for further Interesting Developments.

Do bear in mind, though, that authors never have anything to say about who’s cast in movies based on their books.

What are the plans for future books?

A prequel is under contract, but not touched yet. There is no publication date set. It will detail the story of Jamie’s parents, Brian and Ellen Fraser. Diana has mentioned that she will do the prequel in three short novellas.

In addition, Diana is contracted for two contemporary mysteries. The first one is tentatively titled White Knight. It may be completed this year and published sometime next year. White Knight will feature Thomas Kolodzi and is set in Phoenix, Arizona. The second mystery is not being written at this time.

Diana has indicated several times that she would like to write the story of Master Raymond, Claire’s mentor and ancestor in Dragonfly in Amber. (For the story on how Master Raymond is Claire’s ancestor, see the FAQ About the Characters.