Book 8 FAQ

Here is the latest information on Diana Gabaldon's upcoming novel, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, Book 8 in the OUTLANDER series. (Last updated April 16, 2014)

1) When is WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD coming out?

The publication date for the US and Canada will be June 10, 2014!  Look here for Diana's announcement with more details.

The German edition will be published on June 9, 2014.

The UK edition will be published on June 5, 2014.

Here's the book trailer video about WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD!  I think it's very cool.

2) Why does Diana refer to Book 8 as "MOBY"?

It's sort of a joke, referring to the sound of the title when abbreviated:
==> MOHB
==> MOH-bee
==> Moby. <g>

(As far as I know, there are no whales, white or otherwise, in this book, but bear in mind that Diana does have a background in marine biology....)

3) How can I pre-order WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD?

You can pre-order from here, or Barnes & Noble here. If you want an autographed copy, you can pre-order from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona.

4) Will Diana be doing a book-tour?

Yes!  Diana Gabaldon will be traveling to various locations in the US and Canada in June and July to promote the book.  The US book-tour schedule is here.  The Canadian book-tour schedule is here.

5) The waiting is killing me! Why is it taking so long?

Diana completed the manuscript on April 16, 2014, but there are still a LOT of steps in the production process before the book is actually published. For now, all we can do is....

(That's "wait and see" in Gaelic. One of Diana's favorite phrases.)

6) What does the title mean?

For more on the title, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, and what it might mean, look here and here.

7) What is the symbol on the cover?

The cover of the US edition shows a folded piece of parchment with a red wax seal.  Diana explained in a blog post dated April 5, 2013, that the symbol inside the seal is called an octothorpe.

You can see my own initial thoughts and speculations about the meaning of this symbol here.

8) What is this book going to be about?

Diana Gabaldon posted a description of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD on her blog on August 10, 2012.  It's intended for use as "catalog copy" for the publishers, and it's only a few paragraphs long, but it's very interesting!

I don't consider it spoilerish -- it's the same level of detail that would be on the inside front flap of the hardcover, or the product description on Amazon or other online sites -- so it should be safe to read even for those of you who avoid excerpts.

9) Where can I find excerpts from WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD?

Diana posts bits from her current writing on Facebook and Twitter under the tagline "#DailyLines". 

She also posts excerpts from her upcoming books and stories from time to time on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community.  (For those of you who don't know, I'm Section Leader of the Diana Gabaldon folder on Compuserve.)

You can see a list of Book 8 excerpts on Jari Backman's web site.  Jari is an OUTLANDER fan from Finland, and his site is definitely worth looking at, if you haven't already.

10) Will Davina Porter be narrating the audiobook?  And will the audio version come out at the same time as the print and e-book editions?

Diana Gabaldon has confirmed that Davina Porter WILL be doing the audiobook of MOHB!  You can pre-order the audio version here. The release date is scheduled for June 10, 2014, the same day that the print and e-book editions will be published in the US.

11) Is there going to be a Book 9?

Yes! Diana has confirmed that there WILL be a Book 9!  Look here for more information.