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Diana Gabaldon Teases A "Brand-New" Character In The Ninth Outlander Book

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Diana Gabaldon Teases A "Brand-New" Character In The Ninth Outlander Book

With so many characters in her Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon admits it can be a bit tough to keep track of everybody. But that doesn't mean she's shied away from introducing new characters in Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (or just, Bees). In a recent interview with The Dipp, Gabaldon discusses some of the characters who will appear in her upcoming ninth installment when it's released on Nov. 23, including one "brand-new" one.

Rest assured, the official Bees synopsis confirmed that the core characters of Claire, Jamie, Roger, Brianna, Jem, Mandy, Lord John Grey, and William will all be there. Where things differ, however, is the way the story will be told. According to the author, she likes to try a new storytelling device with each of her books and for Book 9 (which she notes is a "little bit longer" than she originally anticipated), "It's got an unusual structure in that I'm following multiple people all of the time." In the eighth book, Written in My Own Heart's Blood (MOBY), she followed eight major characters. For Bees, she says, "I think it's about the same number of people, but they're kind of in different combinations." And that means that it could "sometimes" lead to main character interacting with different people than expected.

While discussing the different combinations of characters, Gabaldon says, "There is a brand-new person who is extremely interesting, but I can't tell you who she is as yet." Thankfully, Gabaldon is willing to say who she's associated with. "She occurs on the Lord John Grey end of the character spectrum, I guess you'd say. On the British end."

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