Diana Gabaldon has revealed she would consider moving to Scotland as she expressed her love for the Scottish Highlands and Inverness’s “small-town feel”.
In an exclusive interview with the Scottish Daily Express, the award-winning author, who is currently penning her tenth book in the Outlander series of novels, said: “I like Inverness as it’s in the mountains and it reminds me very much of the small town in Arizona where I grew up, Flagstaff, which is also in the mountains.”
Currently based in Scottsdale, Arizona, the 70-year-old also stated that she would consider moving to Scotland, where she is currently visiting for a special event organised by fans of the show.
“There are a lot of pine trees and it sort of has a small-town feel about it even though Flagstaff and Inverness have now grown considerably since our first acquaintance.
“I would [consider moving to Scotland], although my husband- I’m not sure, I would have to ask him of course.”
The author also admitted that Outlander publishers were unsure about the saga, which features the adventures of Jacobite warrior Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, and time-travelling 20th century nurse Claire Beauchamp, played by Caitriona Balfe, when she first pitched it. She said: “Back when my books were first published, the publishing company were London-based [Delacorte Press], and at first they were a little dubious about whether the books would actually be popular in England.
“So I was very pleased to have the books accepted in Scotland. And I was terribly honoured when the University of Glasgow decided to give me an honourary doctorate for services to Scottish literature, that was very flattering.”
“I hear so much from the people who go to Outlander filming locations and come to Scotland because of the Outlander, and then of course they find a lot more- but it is what causes them to come.”
Diana’s tenth book, which is yet to be titled, will follow Go Tell The Bees That I Am Home, the ninth major novel featuring the story of Claire and Jamie, which was first published on November 23, 2021.
According to the author’s website: “Book Ten might be the last of my Outlander novels which feature Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. Or it may not! I don’t know yet but will be sure to let you know when I do.”