The American author told a sold-out audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that she had already contributed story ideas for the new show Blood of My Blood, which was announced earlier this month. this.
Gabaldon also opened up about the prequel novel she is writing, which will focus on Brian and Ellen, the parents of Jamie Fraser, the on-screen character played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan.
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Blood of My Blood has been described as a show that will “peel off the layers” of the world of Outlander, which has been made in Scotland for the past nine years.
Gabaldon said: “In addition to working on book ten, I’m also working on a prequel book about Brian and Ellen, Jamie Fraser’s parents.
“We know the beginning of their story because Jamie told it to Claire in Outlander, but of course there is a lot more to tell, as the first part of the story takes place during the Jacobite rising of 1715. he story is woven with the Jacobite risings – there will be lots of clan politics and other interesting stuff.
“Sony and Starz invested some money in the previous TV show, but it’s only in development at the moment. An entire season will cost a lot of money to shoot.
“However, I wrote a three-page summary of what I conceive of as the beginning of the book. I gave them that to work with, which they do.
“In the meantime, I’ll show them parts of the book I’m writing.” They will use what they can use. All of this assuming the show is green lit. If so, I will definitely attend.
Gabaldon, who was asked about previous suggestions that the tenth book might be the last in the Outlander series, replied, “Well, I don’t know.
“Every time I write a book I think it’s the last and I haven’t been right so far so I can’t say for sure.
“Right now I think book ten is probably the last. Right now I’m planning on it being the last, but I can’t say until I get there.
“I’m 70, I don’t know how long I’ll last, but hopefully long enough.
“Fortunately, the women in my family tend to live into their 90s, so don’t worry.”
Gabaldon has occasionally written for the TV show Outlander, whose sixth series launched this year. A seventh season is scheduled to air in 2023.
She said: “I fully expect to beat them to the finish line.
“It takes a long time to film a TV show, not as long as it takes to write a book, but still quite a long time.
“Season seven is being filmed right now, but it’s longer than usual because season six was truncated.”
Gabaldon said writing for the TV show was “so much easier than writing novels”.
She said, “It’s also a lot of fun. Writing something and then seeing people play it is a real pleasure.