Outlander: Real reason Diana Gabaldon split up Jamie and Claire Fraser revealed

Outlander fans were utterly devastated at the end of Diana Gabaldon’s second novel, Dragonfly in Amber, as Jamie Fraser and Claire Fraser split up. This event wasn’t just a short split either, as Claire and Jamie were split apart for almost 20 entire years.

This split was extremely formative for both Claire and Jamie, as they learned what it would be like to be apart.

It was also extremely formative for Brianna Fraser, who was born in-between books.

The youngster appeared in earnest in book three as a 20-year-old woman.

Back in 2016 author Gabaldon spoke out about this split, and what made her make the decision to tear the loving couple apart.


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Gabaldon spoke at the Penguin Random House Open House event, in which she explained the decision to pull the pair apart.

Upon taking a question about writing in different character voices, Gabaldon explained: “Some people are very difficult to write.

“To begin with Brianna was very difficult to write – and that’s because she was not a character who came to me.

“She just made herself known. She was a character who I had from necessity because Claire was pregnant at the end of Dragonfly in Amber.”

She went on to reveal: “So there had to be a kid in the next book! So my problem was: Where are we going to meet this kid?”

Pondering out loud to her audience, Gabaldon asked: “As a new born? And we’ll watch her grow up?

“And I was thinking no, that’s boring! And so that’s why Claire and Jamie spent 20 years apart.

“Because I thought it was boring to write about kids.”

This was not the only news Gabaldon revealed during the interview, as earlier in the chat she explained how she was writing in new voices in the upcoming new book.

Outlander book nine – Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone – is due out at some point in the near future, but not a lot is known about it.

After being asked a question about which characters will feature in her new book by the audience, Gabaldon explained: “I’m not sure.

“At the moment I’ve been writing with Claire and Jamie, of course.


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“And Brianna and Roger… I think Amanda and Jemmy will each have a voice.”

She later added: “And let’s see… there’s Fergus – I’m not sure if we’ll see Fergus from the inside, so to speak.We never have before, I don’t think.”

She then went on to announce: “We may see Marsali for the first time!”

Outlander book nine Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone is expected to release 2020.

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