Diana has posted on her own blog - Voyages of the Artemis - that she is working on The Outlandish Companion II - ALONG WITH BOOK 8 (squeeee!) - and is actually interested in finding out what the fans want to see in the books.
I have to throw out a big, ol' THANK YOU, DIANA for giving a hoot about her fans the way she does. It's completely refreshing that she makes herself accessible by having a website, a blog, a youtube page, etc. The woman actually answers some of the comments. And if she has an assistant doing a lot of it? Doesna matter. Good for her. I think it's absolutely wonderful.
Let me tell you something about my life regarding the Outlander series. My friends and I meet at school pick-up and we read. We meet for coffee and we discuss Diana's characters. We meet my sister for drinks and discuss Jamie Fraser's anatomy (ooops! Did I say that?!) The bottom line here is that we're all hard-working women - some with young children and a lot of stress... and these books have brought a lot of joy and comfort to our lives. It's heartwarming to know the author actually cares.