This is Water by Ethan Holmes. Well, that’s me of course. I wrote Water last year. I stopped writing two other novels to write this novel. At the time, a rather nagging little voice deep inside my head kept telling me to do this. I learned a long time ago to listen to that little ‘Jiminy Cricket’ for two reasons. First, it has never been wrong. Second, it won’t leave you alone until you make a choice. If you don’t listen, it repeats “See, I told you so!” 287 times.
Water is a major issue. Many don’t realize that it has been a major and profound issue for decades. Worse still, too many people don’t realize just how grave the situation has become. That is why I was quite happy to see Katie Couric make one of the most intelligent and revealing short documentaries about water shortages that I have seen to date. She’s done her homework; that’s obvious. After watching and reading what she wrote, it’s almost as though she read Water too.
California seems to get all the publicity about current drought conditions, yet there are many other states and countries undergoing a severe lack of readily available potable water. I’ve written other blogs about this subject along with shocking photos from across the planet. The situation is grave and profoundly disturbing. Water will soon replace precious metals, gems and oil as the most valuable substance on the planet.
What I do in my novel, Water, is fictionalize real life and current events, much as I did in Earth’s Blood. I tell the story of what happens to society and entire towns and cities as the lack of potable water drives people toward their most basic instinct, survival.
Water is composed of entertaining and exciting story lines that demonstrate what will most certainly happen in real life once people realize they can’t get water. It also addresses some of the lesser known causes behind this crises such as fracking and the proliferation of dams in this country that have systematically destroyed the ecosystem this planet needs to remain stable.
What do you think about the water and drought situation?