My impetus for this site? Chris Albrecht of Starz had a vision: to create shows that capitalize on existing fan bases – Outlander being one. The Outlander fan base is intelligent, sophisticated, and knows its subject matter. In my opinion, the media and industry coverage started off very out of synch with Mr. Albrecht’s vision, and there has been a chasm between what fans want and what the media offers in terms of coverage, content and depth. My goal with this site is to bridge that gap and help move the coverage of this project and everything that surrounds it to a deeper, more satisfying level for all involved: the fans, the artists, and the media providers. So far, it resonates with like minded fans, which helps to drive the mission of this site: to offer quality curated content that respects the integrity, intelligence and dignity of the artists and of the people who provide and consume it– in short, all parties.
I’m Courtney Williams, originator and producer of this site. I’ve been an Outlander fan since 2006, when my mother introduced me to the book series. When I first saw the TV Guide cover heralding Outlander’s visual adaptation, I thought no way, this is gonna stink. I later stumbled on Starz’ free offering of Episode 1 on a rare occasion when I was home alone. I hunkered down and watched, prepared to be disappointed, remote in hand, ready to switch it off. As I watched, I began to relax, and then I began to get excited. Really really excited… as I took in the acting, the landscape, the costumes, the casting, the sets, the music, the Gaelic, the cinematography, Scotland, EVERYTHING. It was so beautiful in every way, I couldn’t believe my senses. In short order, I was hooked (I know, you too- a familiar tale).
After that, I started looking for information about the show. I caught wind of a Twitter Q & A with Caitriona and Sam, and said to my husband, “Help! I need a Twitter account!” That was Sept 2014, and since then, I’ve been to Scotland six times(!). I started this blog in April of 2016, and it’s been growing ever since. I started by culling through what was out there and posting curated content from other providers. Then, I began providing my own content. And now (July, 2019), the site has grown into quite a robust offering, with a healthy following (3.5 million views, and used by people in 185 of the world’s 195 countries).
In addition to writing my own articles and providing curated outside content, I research, conduct, and fully edit and produce my own interviews with the cast and crew, which you’ll find here: Interviews. Interviewees so far, include: Sam and Cait, Steven Cree, Sam Hoare, Tim Downie, Gary Young, Sera-Lys McArthur, Àdhamh ÓBroin, and Emma Campbell-Jones. More interviews coming up.
In 2017, I created the Patron Program to help fund this site: readers contribute to help the site stay advertising free, and get special rewards.
In 2018, I started an Episode Discussion group that has been affectionately named (by readers) “The BTS Squad,” including Karmen Schmidt (Outlander Anatomy), Catherine Toomer, (family physician and contributor to Blacklanderz), and Antoinette Simmons (criminal defense attorney and general badass). You can find our chats in Episode Discussions.
This year, I created the Reader Favorites section, which has my top posts by category (determined by views and reader engagement), including my very popular Passion Pieces, Awards coverage, Clips and Trailers from the show, etc., so readers can find past articles easily. This is a good place to browse around during Droughtlander.
Since falling in love with this project, I’ve attended countless Outlander events, many of which I’ve written short stories about, which you can find in OutlanderBTS Adventures. I’ve made Outlander connections and friends all over the world in person and via social media: the illustrious author, Herself, artists, and fans alike. Through my exposure to this creation and its people, my passion for traveling, writing, journalism, photography, and multimedia story telling has been revived. (I interviewed my little friends using a tape recorder in elementary school, and made photo journals with stories about our family trips at the same age). In this way, Outlander has actually become a big part of my life.
Please enjoy OutlanderBTS.com. If you have a request for certain information or a particular interview, please let me know either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the comments section, or via contact, and I’ll do my best to provide it for you. Thanks for visiting.
I chose the Celtic knot as the symbol in my logo. Celtic knots started appearing in history after about 450 AD. They are endless paths that represent eternity… this can be in love, faith, loyalty, or friendship. Celtic knots with more than a single path interwoven can be seen as metaphors for life and the interweaving of lives. They are frequently referred to as “love knots.” This symbol resonates for me personally and in relation to Outlander.