Read on to find out more about Diana Gabaldon the person, including her favorite show, guilty pleasure, celebrity crush and much more.
Outlander Cast founders, Mary and Blake, recently had the pleasure of speaking with Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon on Outlander Cast.
But as we’ve done in the past, we wanted to bring you an exclusive to the blog exploring personal questions with Diana that were not included the original interview.They interviewed Diana for the podcast –and you can listen to the audio interview here.
OC: Favorite food?
DG: Definitely chocolate.
OC: What’s the last song you listened to in the car?
DG: The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton
OC: Favorite movie?
OC: What’s the last book you read?
DG: Hmm…Dorothy Leigh Sayers – a Lord Peter Wimsey series called Gaudy Night
OC: Your first celebrity crush?
DG: The Beatles, collectively.
OC: Biggest success?
DG: Being married to the same guy for 46 years 🙂
OC: Biggest regret?
DG: No, I can’t say that I do. I have small regrets here and there, but they’re small passing things
OC: Guilty pleasure?
DG: No, I don’t see any reason to feel guilty about anything I like to do.
OC: Favorite show on television other than Outlander?
DG: I actually don’t watch television at all. I just don’t have time. When I began working on Outlander, I had two full time jobs and three small children under the age of six, and that’s when I decided to write a novel haha.
During that time, sometimes my husband and I would stop at night and watch Charlie Chan movies and it was our big break of the day. We would really look forward to that. Sometimes after dinner we’ll watch Perry Mason, which is a little treat.
Although, when we’re in Sante Fe, for some reason, we seem to watch science fiction movies like The Tarantula or something. But it’s just an hour here or there; we don’t really follow shows.
But I still have my old family house in Flagstaff and I go up there 2 or 3 times a month and sit for 24 hours to write with no interruption, and I will take a break and watch some old DVDs. I just watched all the seasons of True Blood on HBO, Monarch of the Glen and things like that. So I’ll watch my way through a few shows I like just off DVDs. But this past year has been so nuts, I haven’t been able to watch anything other than the Outlander dailies and episodes.
OC: For all the moms out there, what would you recommend to read to our young children that you enjoyed reading to your kids?
DG: Oh wow! Hmm – for young kids, the Richard Scarry books, especially the Lowly Worm Word Book — you know, it’s one of those big chunky card board books. I bought three copies, one for each of my kids. And I don’t know what it was about Lowly Worm, but they each ate it. But it was just that one book. That was their favorite.
OC: Stephen Bonnet and Black Jack Randall are in fight — who wins?
DG: Hmm…that would kind of depend if there were at sea or on land. Let’s see, on sea, Stephen Bonnet hands down. On land? Possibly the captain who is a little more sophisticated and has better swordplay than Captain Bonnet. On the other hand, both are entirely ruthless and fairly cold in their calculations.
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