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 “Are some people destined for a great fate, or to do great things? Or is it only that they’re born somehow with that great passion — and if they find themselves in the right circumstances, then things happen? It’s the sort of thing you wonder…” Diana Gabaldon, Voyager

I think this is a most interesting question. In my opinion, certain people find themselves in the right circumstances and they have the bravery, passion, faith, or foolhardiness to step into the eye of the storm. I do include ‘foolhardiness’ as an attribute, because sometimes only a fool would step into harm’s way!

What do you think – are certain people destined for greatness, or do circumstances call forth the best from men and women?

And for you fellow Diana Galbadon fans, here’s a link to her blog.

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Author Diana Gabaldon “Overall, the library held a hushed exultation, as though the cherished volumes were all singing soundlessly within their covers.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

First, let me say I’m a sucker for all book-positive library quotes. Plus, I’m a fan of Diana Gabaldon and her books. So this quote is naturally one of my favorites. (And I hold librarians in the highest esteem, since they are the custodians of books and steadfast promoters of reading).

I’ve had the privilege of hearing a number of authors speak at libraries (and I have gladly traveled hours to hear these author talks). Here’s a you-tube video of Diana Gabaldon, June 20, 2014, at Toronto Public Library which I hope you’ll enjoy. It does come with a warning – Diana writes for adults, so some of the content is a little racy!

Do you ever go to hear authors talk about their books?

 

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Oct 2013 import 459 “Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.” – Diana Gabaldon

I agree with this quote. I return to books to revisit the characters I’ve grown to love. I enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books as a girl because of central character, Laura, and her family and friends. I re-read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, because I wanted to be like Jo. I’ve twice-read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and its sequels because of Katniss Everdeen. And I’m currently caught up in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress because of the characters.

Today’s quotable author, Diana Gabaldon, created two wonderful central characters: Claire and Jamie. And let’s be honest, most women would fall for Jaime.

Here’s another Gabaldon quote which would send many women into a swoon: “When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

How about you? Do characters draw you into a book? Do they make you re-read books?
(BTW, this photo and all others posted with Diana Gabaldon quotes were taken by me in Scotland).

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Author Diana Gabaldon “I stood still, vision blurring, and in that moment, I heard my heart break. It was a small, clean sound, like the snapping of a flower’s stem.” – Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Sigh. I wish I’d written this quote. I’m a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s books, and had the good fortune to be in Edinburgh in 2009 when she was speaking at The Gathering.

Many of the attendees at that event sprawled on the hillside listening to Celtic musical performers and wandered through the tents set up by the various Scottish Clans. I, too, heard many of the musical acts, visited the Irvine/Irwin tent, and even spotted Prince Charles walking about with his bodyguards.

But the highlight of The Gathering for me was listening to author Diana Gabaldon talk about her writing, books, and central characters: Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser.

After her talk, I was also able to meet her and have her autograph several of her books for me. The quickly-snapped photo shown here is of Diana. She, I assure you, is much lovelier in person.

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