LAKE TWP. The Lake Community Branch of the Stark County District Library recently hosted an appearance, via the video chat service Skype, from bestselling author Diana Gabaldon, who is the author of the "Outlander" series and has a large following of readers and viewers of the television show based on her books.
Her large following generated such a big response to the rare appearance of the author that the event had to be moved to the performing arts hall at Lake Local Schools. The Lake Community Library is housed in the district's high school.
"The response to the Gabaldon’s appearance was overwhelming, we have 322 people registered to attend," said Jodie Hawkins, adult event planner for the library. "Some people have traveled over an hour to get here to see Gabaldon speak. This author doesn’t make many appearances and its almost unheard of for her to do this. We’ve had calls from people in other states about attending this evening."
Gabaldon enthralled her readers and followers with an hour long humorous talk about her historical sci-fi adventure romance novels, the hit BBC show "Outlander," time travel, Scotland and the characters in her books. The author answered questions along the way and at the end of her talk.
"One of the questions I get most is when will my newest book be released," Gabaldon told the audicence. "Right now, I don’t know the release date yet. I know the title which is "Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone." I also get asked why I kill off certain characters. I’m not the kind of writer that plans her books in advance, so I tell people that I don’t kill off the characters, they just die. Another question I get is whether I get emotional when writing certain parts of the books. I do cry and I do get emotional when I’m writing."
The wildly popular "Outlander" series focuses on a 20th century Army nurse who accidently time travels to 18th century Scotland. The series includes several books such as "Outlander," "Dragonfly in Amber," "Voyager," "Drums of Autumn," "The Fiery Cross," "A Breath of Snow and Ashes," "An Echo in the Bone" and "Written in My Own Heart’s Blood."
The author holds three degrees: a bachelor’s in Zoology, a master’s in marine biology and a Ph.D. in behavioral ecology. She lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband, Douglas Watkins.
"We are pleased with the event," Hawkins said. "It took four months for us to get the author scheduled and the response was worth the patience."