Author Q&A: The Ultimate Ode to Outlander
kc dyer on quest-worthy book heroes, obsessions and her new novel, inspired by Outlander.
Your new novel is about one woman’s search for a real-life Jamie Fraser and her own happy ending. So how obsessed with the Outlander series are YOU?
Well, I don’t admit to being as crazy as Emma — at least in public. =) The truth is, I’ve loved these stories for many years. And I mean, come on — who hasn’t fallen for Jamie? But one thing I’ve learned while writing this book — I will NEVER know as much about the Outlander series as some of the fans. It is an amazing fan-base and their knowledge is encyclopedic!
Did you have to receive permission from Diana Gabaldon to write this book? Did you have any contact with her regarding the book?
Nope. We’ve been friends for many years, and when I got the idea, I just wrote the book for fun, telling myself that Diana would never see it. But the night I finished the first draft, a combination of middle-of-the-night crazy and elation took over, and I sent it off to her. I woke up the next morning a complete wreck, but to my huge relief, she’d sent me the most, positive, loving note. And she’s been completely supportive ever since!
Your heroine, Emma Sheridan, sells all her worldly possessions and takes off for Scotland, with only her burgeoning travel blog to confide in. Have you ever embarked on anything equally risky?
I’ve never sold everything and run away like Emma, but I am a big adventure-girl. I am typing these words in a cafe in Reykjavik. Last night I watched the northern lights dance across the sky from the deck of a boat off the coast of Iceland. Last week I was walking through a cave in Wales. So, yeah — I like a good adventure!
What book hero would have you embarking on a similar quest to Emma’s?
Do I only get to pick one? ‘Cause I’ve always had a thing for Aragorn, especially when he was hanging out in pubs and calling himself Strider in The Fellowship of the Ring. These days, I would definitely follow Miriam Black from Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds. [I mean, we both like boys better, but she knows how you’re going to die! Information worth going on a quest for, yes?] But if I only get to pick one, it would have to be Merlin from TH White’s The Once and Future King. Dude is aging backwards, AND keeps an owl in his hair. I consider him absolutely quest-worthy.
What can readers expect next from you?
I’m working on a massive project that covers a timespan of about a thousand years and the lives of five families woven around the fate of one special book. I need to get it finished this year — my own sanity is in the balance. And if your readers are interested, they can follow my adventures at kcdyer.com.
Learn more and order your copy of Finding Fraser here.
kc dyer likes to walk in the woods and write books. Her most recent work is Facing Fire, a sequel to the acclaimed novel, A Walk Through a Window.
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