Diana Gabaldon has a Ph.D. in Ecology and has held various academic posts including Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University. She left the University in 1992, the same year that she completed the manuscript of Dragonfly in Amber.
She has said that:
The romance genre has very specific expectations, and this leads to a great deal of predictability. It's very rare to find a good romance writer who can work within that form and still produce a good novel. That's why I try not to let people refer to my own books as romances. One of the reviews said one of my books couldn't decide what kind of book it was, which I considered a sort of a vindication. I was pleased by that. (Interview at Writing-World.com)
- Outlander - This title won the 1992 RITA® for the Best Romance of 1991.
- Dragonfly in Amber
- Voyager - 1994
- Drums of Autumn
- The Fiery Cross
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes
- 1991-1992 Career Achievement Award Winner - Romantic Times Magazine - Contemporary Fantasy
- 1997 Career Achievement Award Winner - Romantic Times Magazine - Innovative Historical Romance