Do we need an Outlander book about Claire's parents?

Diana Gabaldon says Claire's parents don't interest her enough to write about them, but do Outlander fans need a book about them?
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We know that Diana Gabaldon has said that Claire’s parents don’t interest her. She’s not going to write an Outlander book about them until they do. That doesn’t mean fans aren’t calling out for a story.

It’s surprising that Claire’s parents don’t interest Gabaldon. After all, one of them clearly has the time traveler gene. It’s clear that neither of them probably time traveled, but that doesn’t mean that something didn’t happen.

Why do fans want to see a story about Claire’s parents? Why could it end up being something worth doing?

What happened to Claire parents in the Outlander books?

The story goes that Claire’s parents died in a car accident. Claire was just a child at the time, and she ended up going to live with her Uncle Lamb, her mother’s brother. He tried to send her to boarding school, but it wasn’t to be.

However, Outlander fans suspect that a car crash was just a convenient way to write her parents out. We know that one of her parents, presumably her father, had the time traveler gene. Is it possible that one of her parents ended up traveling through time?

This is unlikely considering both her parents died at the same time. There also hasn’t been any reports that we know of either of Claire’s parents going missing. It doesn’t stop fans from theorizing that there is more to the deaths of Claire’s parents.

On top of that, fans just want to know more about Claire’s lineage. That’s especially as we’ve got to Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, where we learn that Fergus could be the son of Comte St. Germain and that his mother was a Beauchamp. Is it possible that Fergus’s line connects to Claire’s line? Getting to know Claire’s parents and further back could help to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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