WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD

Here is the latest information on Diana Gabaldon's latest novel, WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, Book 8 in the OUTLANDER series, which was published on June 10, 2014. (Last updated August 11, 2014)



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

It's sort of a joke, referring to the sound of the title when abbreviated:
WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD
==> MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD
==> MOHB
==> MOH-bee
==> Moby. <g>

(There are no whales, white or otherwise, in this book, but bear in mind that Diana does have a background in marine biology....)

2) How can I get a copy of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD?

You can order from Amazon.com here, or Barnes & Noble here. If you want an autographed copy, you can contact from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona.  The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship autographed copies of her books all over the world.4

3) 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.

4) 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.



5) What about the audio version?

The audiobook of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is available for download here. It's narrated by Davina Porter, just like all the other unabridged OUTLANDER audiobooks.

6) Where can I go to discuss the book?

You're welcome to come and join the MOHB discussions on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community, which is the online forum where Diana Gabaldon hangs out.  I'm Section Leader (moderator) of the Diana Gabaldon folder on Compuserve.

7) Is there going to be a Book 9?

Yes! Diana has confirmed that there WILL be a Book 9! (Eventually.)