• “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.”
    —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

The Methadone List

jacobite-chronicles-methadonelistWhat with One Thing and Another <cough>, I think it’s actually been years (well, one or two…) since I added anything to the Methadone List. And what is that, you say?

Well—it’s my attempt to answer the needs of those readers who write to me, saying, “So WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO READ, while I’m waiting for your next book?!?”

The Methadone List is a selection of my favorite books and authors— and I have Very Eclectic Tastes (if you hadn’t already noticed that…<cough>) in Fiction.

JULIA BRANNAN is my latest addition. She has written a six-book series about the Jacobite wars and the social/political/spying/plotting/generally exciting milieu surrounding them. Read more.


OUTLANDER COCKTAILS & Trivia Game Announced!

Outlander-Cocktails-Coveroutlander-trivia-gameHAPPY 11th of January!

Aside from the (no doubt) universal rejoicing at the fact that it’s my birthday <cough>—Penguin Random House would like to announce a couple of Really Entertaining new items. Read more in my blog post.


Latest Excerpts – Book Ten:

If you have finished reading BEES, you may enjoy these excerpts (aka “Daily Lines”) from Book Ten in my Outlander series of novels, which I am working on now.

Note that these excerpts MAY CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS. Those with definite spoilers will contain an explicit warning. Excerpts are listed by temporary descriptive titles:

2023-01-11-Scottish-Targe-MET    “An Excess of Eyes:” Using a bit of BOOK TEN, I explore how to evoke facial expressions in writing (in a blog post). Released on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

    “My shield and buckler…” Released on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

    “Frog-legs… and a lot of beer.” A small New Year’s treat, but know that it DOES contain spoilers. This blog post allows your public web comments. Released on Thursday, January 4, 2024.

    Example of (William’s) Internals. Happy Solstice! Example of a character’s internal reactions, first posted in a discussion on The Litforum. Released on Thursday, December 21, 2023.

    Rejoice – Third Sunday of Advent. Everyone needs a little joy in their lives! Released on Sunday, December 17, 2023.

    Peace – Second Sunday of Advent. Released on December 10, 2023.

    Journeys – First Sunday of Advent. Released on Sunday, December 3, 2023.

    Emotion: “In the forest.” Using an excerpt from Book Ten, I discuss how to effectively show and handle a character’s emotions. Released on November 12, 2023.

    Dialogue Workshop – “The Three Musketeers.” Released on October 25, 2023.

Book Ten (which doesn’t yet have a title) will be the tenth in my Outlander series of major novels which focus on Jamie and Claire.

Click here to visit my official Book Ten webpage for more information and all of the excerpts released so far.


Signed Copies of My Books

2021-12-Diana-Pen-BEESThe Poisoned Pen sells new, signed copies of books I have written, including the beautiful hardcover anniversary editions of my first four novels in the OUTLANDER series, and many others. The Pen is my hometown independent bookstore, and kindly makes new books signed by me available to readers who cannot attend one of my book signings.

The cost is the list price of a book plus shipping; there is no charge for my signature. The friendly staff at the Pen are glad to answer any questions you may have.

Click here to browse my books currently available from the Pen online.


Shapes and Themes of My Outlander Novels

Want to know more about my books? How I write them? Here are a few of my blogs and webpages to explore:

indian-speckled-cobra-wikipedia“The Shape of Things:” All my books have an internal geometric or natural shape that emerges in the course of the work, and once I’ve seen it, the writing goes much faster. (BEES is a snake!) Read more…

“One Word Speaks Volumes (Themes of the Novels):” Some intelligent NPR interviewer asked me one day whether I could sum up the book we were talking about in a single sentence—and I realized that in fact, I could summarize the theme of each book in a single word. Read more…

My Writer’s Corner (What I Do) Resource has links to many of my essays and webpages which describe my writing process and other information. More…


As of November, 2021, more than 50 million of my books have been published in 38 languages and 114 countries around the world. Thank you, dear readers!


This is the only official website for Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the OUTLANDER series of major novels, the Lord John series, and other works.

This homepage was last updated on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 2:40 a.m. (Central Time) by Diana Gabaldon or Diana’s Webmistress.

When Will the Next Book Be Out?


Currently I am working on Book Ten (no title yet) in my OUTLANDER series of major novels that focus on Jamie and Claire. Book Ten will be another Large Novel, so it will take some time (several years at least) to complete.

Click here to visit my Book Ten webpage for current news and excerpts (aka “Daily Lines”) from this new novel.

Book Ten will follow GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (nicknamed “BEES”), the ninth book in my OUTLANDER series of major novels featuring Jamie and Claire. BEES was first released on November 23, 2021.

In my Happy New Year – 2024 blog post, I discuss my plans for the year, including Book Ten.

Follow Diana Online

There are several ways to connect with me online. Besides adding new blogs and information to these webpages, I regularly post entries and communicate with readers on my official Facebook and Twitter pages. For videos, visit my YouTube page. An RSS feed is available for web page updates. (Clickable icons are below.)

E-Newsletter

Would you like to receive periodic Outlandish Updates by e-mail, such as information about new Outlander and Lord John releases? Visit the sign-up page to start receiving free e-newsletters distributed by Random House (U.S.) More information…

TheLitForum.com

You may also join me in multiple current discussions about my books and short fiction on TheLitForum.com You’ll need to create your account (with a user name and password) to join in; just follow the instructions on the website. One you have your login created, click here to go to my Diana Gabaldon Forum directly. TheLitForum.com is a descendant of the discontinued Compuserve Lit Forum, which I’ve been a part of since the late 1980s (before Outlander was published).