Water and Wanting

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Writing about a water shortage is handy for a writer like me who loves, when reading, to be swept away in plot but whose characters seem to prefer to sit in one place. Thirst gives the characters something to want, which gives them something to do. It’s the body’s own rising action.

In an interview with Travel and Leisure, author Claire Vaye Watkins talks about her new novel, Gold Fame Citrus; the water crisis in the West; and place and plot.


Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at saudadebelle.com, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →