TCA 2016: “Unlike George, I write no matter where I am or what else I’m doing,” Diana Gabaldon says about the next book in the series
“Outlander” fans don’t have to worry about going through what “Game of Thrones” fans are going through.
Author Diana Gabaldon is confident she will deliver the ninth installment in the saga of Jamie and Claire in a timely fashion — not that she divulged when that might be.
“Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin disappointed fans recently when he revealed the next book in the series has been delayed again and will not be released before Season 6 of the HBO adaptation. When Gabaldon was asked whether something like that could happen to her next book, she laughed it off and poked a little fun at her fellow novelist.
“Unlike George, I write no matter where I am or what else I’m doing,” she said, stressing her admiration for Martin and that every writer’s process is different. “I’ve always written in every spare minute I’ve had, when I had two full time jobs and three small children, so I’ve kept that work ethic, so to speak. I write when I travel, when I’m doing other things.”
Gabaldon also detailed her timeline for finishing a book.
“Eventually we get down to my deadline, which is when the book is talking to me so strongly I’m not doing anything else,” she said. “Stuff just goes through me, I’m barely eating or drinking, not doing anything else. Luckily this only lasts 2 or 3 months or else I would die.”
Gabaldon also wrote an episode of “Outlander’s” second season — and wrote parts of the next “Outlander” book during downtime on set.
“Outlander” Season 2 premieres in April.