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Born in Arizona, on 11/01/1952 

  

from a father from New Mexico and an English mother from Yorkshire. 

Diana Gabaldon holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from Northern Arizona University (1970-1973), a master's degree in marine biology from the University of California at San Diego (1973-1975) and a Ph.D. Ecology of Northern Arizona University (1975-1978). 

  

- In 1977, she married Doug Watkins. They have three children, including fantasy author Sam Sykes (1984). 

  

- From 1980 to 1992, Diana Gabaldon was professor of ecology at the Environmental Science Center at the University of Arizona before devoting herself to full-time fictional creation. 

His first writing attempts were posted on the CompuServe Writing Forum. Positive feedback from other forum members persuaded her to finish and publish her first novel 'The Thistle and the Tartan'. 

For her first writing, Diana wanted to write a historical novel. One day, while watching the television series 'Doctor Who', she was impressed by the character of a young Scotsman of 1745. The image of the young man in kilts marked her, and she decided to situate her novel in the Eighteenth century Scotland and to name his male character Jamie from the character of 'Doctor Who'. 

'The Thistle and the Tartan', the first volume of the series 'Outlander' (also called 'The Stone Circle'), is published in 1991. Gabaldon knows a huge success with the saga, which has more than twenty million readers worldwide and featured in a television series premiered on August 9, 2014. She was the recipient of the People's Choice Award for Best Drama Series. 

In 2010, Gabaldon adapted the first third of 'Outlander' in the graphic novel 'The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel', illustrated by Hoang Nguyen. 

The saga 'Lord John' (1998-2011) is derived from 'Outlander' and takes again the adventures of one of the secondary characters appearing in several volumes. It is composed of five novels and three novels. 

Diana Gabaldon lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband. 

Diana Gabaldon