Kat: Good Stories Are Everywhere (Part I)

Outlander, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

“Outlander” (c) 2014 Starz Entertainment, LLC

My post today was supposed to be a teaser of my latest story idea–what inspired it and how it’s evolving in my mind. While doing some research online, however, I was diverted by an interesting 5 part series of interviews with Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon that describes her inspiration for Outlander, how the idea evolved over time, and the things she’s learned on her journey from writing to publishing to television.

If you’re not an Outlander fan, take a look anyway. The entire interview is less than fifteen minutes long, and it’s sponsored by “Visit Scotland” (and yes, you’ll definitely be tempted to do that if only to listen to a scottish lad’s sexy accent).

Afterward, feel free to share your thoughts on Outlander (book or series), Gabaldon’s writing journey, or anything else on your mind.

Next week: the inspiration for my next story idea.

4 thoughts on “Kat: Good Stories Are Everywhere (Part I)

  1. Thanks for the link, Kat! I only had time to watch the first one thus far, but it was fun to see her talk about how and why she came up with the idea for Outlander. I saw Gabaldon speak at a conference ions ago – so long ago, I was just considering trying fiction writing, and for some reason thought paying to attend a conference was a good first step :-/. She was charming, personable, and funny. And since then, she’s also become quite successful and famous! Something for us all to aspire to.

    And now I really want to hear about your new idea and its inspiration! Any chance you want to drop some hints here in the comments? (Why yes, I am an impatient person. What makes you ask?)

    • Oh I would love to hear her speak in person. She strikes me as extremely bright and interesting (and wow, does she talk fast). What I found most interesting about Gabaldon’s comments was the way she reframed what her book was about (What kind of book is it?) for each person who asked. If the buyer was older, she told them it it was historical fiction, younger got a time-traveling si-fi kind of thing, etc. I loved that!

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