Fans of the Outlander television show will be pleased to find out that there's plenty more of Claire and Jamie's love story to come.
While the show's most recent season was based on Diana Gabaldon's book Drums of Autumn, the fourth in the Outlander series, the author has suggested that her ninth book about Jamie and Claire, titled Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, will be finished in 2019.
On Twitter a fan of the series asked Gabaldon, "Are there more books planned?!" To which the author replied, "Yes! Book 9 (Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone) will be out in 2019, God willing and the Creek don't rise..."
She later clarified that she doesn't control the publishing schedule, only her writing schedule.
"Well, it will certainly be _finished_ before the end of the year. When it's published doesn't depend on me, though--pub dates are decided by the publisher, and depend on all kinds of arcane stuff, including availability of press-time, paper, warehouse space and shipping."
Well, it will certainly be _finished_ before the end of the year. When it's published doesn't depend on me, though--pub dates are decided by the publisher, and depend on all kinds of arcane stuff, including availability of press-time, paper, warehouse space and shipping. https://t.co/fumTIVsWWA— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) August 2, 2019
On her official website, she writes that book 9 will "probably" be finished in 2019, "but I don’t have a definite date for completion of BEES." She also assures fans that when a publication date is set, she will share iti publicly.
Additionally, Gabaldon has hinted that yet another book is also in the works after that. "Book 10 will be along summat later...." she said.
Yes! Book 9 (GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE) will be out in 2019, God willing and the Creek don't rise... Book 10 will be along summat later.... https://t.co/GxRxwA8ksn— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) December 22, 2018
In early March, Gabaldon posted the the titles of the first seven chapters of the novel, names which include "The MacKenzies are Here!" "A Blue Wine Day," and the ominous "Dead or Alive."
See the full list in the post here:
And in May, she shared an excerpt from the text featuring a conversation between Roger and Brianna:
In late June, she posted another set of chapter titles. See that post here:
And in August, she shared two additional sets of lines. The first specifically focused on Jamie's faith.
The second was about William and his life in Savannah. With that post, Gabaldon also confirmed that the book was still not quite ready yet.
In September, she shared another update, posting an excerpt about names and virtues.
Even thought the book is not yet finished, she's clearly made progress on the book since she spoke with T&C in late 2018. At the time, she shared that the writing process was going well, and she also revealed a one word summary for her new novel.
"I’ve been able to [summarize] each of my books, and the fact that I know what this novel's word is, is also an indication of how far we are with it. This one is 'responsibility,'” she said.
Her website also shares the origin of the book's unusual name. "Talking to your bees is a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians," she writes.
"You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes—because if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll fly away."
We can't wait to find out what that has to do with the story.
While you can't pre-order the book just yet, for those who need to catch up, Diana's full catalog is available for purchase on Amazon.
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