Gabaldon's fans get hitched married as Jamie and Claire Fraser
Note: Photo of Lady Johanne Brunet and DH Luc,
taken by Lady Johanne's father, Claude Lalumière.
Gaga for Gabaldon
Author Diana Gabaldon is no stranger to men in kilts. Not only did she create Jamie Fraser, an 18th-century Scottish heartthrob. in her best-selling Outlander series, but on publicity tours she is often besieged by male fans dressed in tartans and plaids. Gabaldon — who recently released her fifth book in the adventure saga. The Fiery Cross, (a mighty 979 pages) — does, in fact, have a strange breed of fans, and ones that are always rabid for more. "I received a letter." says the Arizona-based Gabaldon, "from a 96-year-old woman who wrote, 'I hope you won't be too long with your next book:"
Gabaldon, 50. has enthusiasts in such far-flung places as New Zealand, Japan and Zimbabwe, and some of her most fervent followers are in Canada. Vancouver's Judie Rousselle founded a worldwide group of Outlander aficionados called the Ladies of Lallybroch — the name of the Scottish town where Fraser was born. For Rousselle's birthday, the club asked Gabaldon to compose an ode. When the author replied that she might not be able to because she was so busy she couldn't find time to buy toilet paper, a call went out among the Ladies and 48 packages of toilet paper from around the world landed on Gabaldon's doorstep. How outlandish!
© Macleans Magazine, 2002-01-14
Note: From the Acknowlegments of The Fiery Cross:
A Birthday Blessing
for Madame J. Rousselle, in Token of the great Affection and Esteem
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