How to pronounce Gil Adamson: Gil is short for Gillian, thus pronounced Jill
Gil (Gillian) Adamson is the author of two books of poetry, Primitive (1991) and
Ashland (2003), and a collection of short stories, Help Me, Jacques Cousteau (1995).
The Outlander is her first novel and was 10 years in the making. The
gothic elements in the novel stem from Adamson's love of the X-Files. She wrote
a fan book, Mulder, It's Me with her sister, about the series' female
star, Gillian Anderson. The idea for The Outlander started with an image
in her head of "a young woman, dressed in black, running like hell." She
started to write poems about the woman, but found the form too limiting. She
began a larger piece, and this 'seed' image informs the opening pages of the
Gil Adamson is seventh generation Canadian. Facts about her family - a homesteader whose name was Bonnycastle, like the Reverend in the novel, and a grandfather who was a coal mine operator in Edmonton - appear in the novel. Her many travels through the western hinterlands of Canada and the United States helped her to focus on the western setting. Gil Adamson lives in Toronto, Canada with fellow writer Kevin Connelly.
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