The dust jackets of Diana Gabaldon's novels inform us that she "holds a master's degree in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in ecology, none of which has anything whatever to do with her books." True enough. Virile Scotsmen romancing spirited heroines, exhaustive historical detail and time-travel fantasy -- that's the stuff that Gabaldon's dreams are made of, to judge by her wildly popular fiction. But that's not the topic of our conversation. I want to know about those graduate studies, so over lunch at Jacqueline's Marketplace & Café in Scottsdale, she's telling me about evicting hermit crabs from their shells and making... More >>>