“Outlander” Series: Paradise Valley Author Trilogy and TV Series
Paradise Valley native Diana Gabaldon has sold over 17 million copies of the popular “Outlander” series, and now Starz plans on making a television show based on her books. First published in 1991, the story line caught on quickly with readers. The unique characters set in the 20th century proved to be very interesting.
As Gabaldon races to finish her last book, she finds herself doing nothing but focusing on the achievement she has acquired a competitive market. “Basically, for the last month I’m not doing anything but writing, sleeping and eating,” she said in The Arizona Republic article. “As we get closer to the end of the book, it’s like mainlining rocket fuel.”
The series features the character Claire Randall, a 20th-century nurse who travels in time and finds love with a 19th-century Scotsman. Since the books are so full of twists and turns, it takes a long time to write each one. There is a large cast of characters and story lines to keep track of that draws readers in for hours.
“Outlander” was the first novel to be published, then “An Echo in the Bone”, which was just released five years ago. They are not your average sized books – they take time to read. “It’s a big canvas,”she said in the article. “They’re big books.”
Paradise Valley has been home for the author, where she has found much of her inspiration. Starz plans on releasing the series beginning Saturday, August 9th. Gabaldon is participating on the show’s set as a paid consultant. Look for this local celebrity’s books at a store nearby.
Book signing are available to attend in Mesa on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. Located at the Dobson High School Auditorium, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, free signing with book purchase from Changing Hands Bookstore.