publisher of fiction by

Sally Bennett Boyington

Tales of the Watermasters,

volumes 1 and 2

Deception, betrayal, and murder ravage a peaceful people facing a terrifying future as their canals begin to fail.

A Watermaster called home from exile to restore the canals  must find a way to survive in a community divided by religious conflict.

A series of novels set in indigenous Arizona

Explore the world of the Hohokam, who farmed the Arizona desert for a thousand years, building vast networks of canals, multistory buildings, and platform mounds as big as football fields . . . and then disappeared.

What happened to this magnificent civilization? Walk with the Watermasters and find out.

Praise for the series:

Rainbow Knife: “The strength of this novel lies in its expert, detailed worldbuilding that shows thorough research and is conveyed in artful language. . . . Readers will feel fully immersed in this . . . engrossing tale.” — Kirkus Reviews

Swallowing the Sun: “Richly imagined narrative spins a spellbinding tale of ecological disaster, a false messiah and an existential human crisis.” — Court Atchinson, author and historian

“Such vivid writing! Transported me to perilous, dry, prehistoric Arizona.”— Kaye George, author of Death in the Time of Ice

“I am SO enjoying the read: the characters, the setting and the world you have conjured!” — Barbara T

I write about ancient people to show that they were not so different from ourselves: dreamers and engineers, artists and farmers, politicians and demagogues and fanatics, riddled with jealousy and ambition and buoyed by love and optimism.

Recent thoughts, upcoming events, news

In the past few months, I've had some success with my poetry. Writing short pieces like poems and short stories has proven a welcome relief from the Watermaster novels. It feels so productive to sit down and write for an hour or two and be done. That said, I do feel a special connection with the song-poems that I create for the Watermaster novels. Even though only a few lines of a song actually appear in the published book, I often write the whole thing.


Here's one poem I wrote as the part epigraph for a section in Rainbow Knife. This was fashioned after a sijo, a syllabic form of Korean lyric poetry similar to haiku.




Herons fly, slow beat of wings, pleading with a sunset sky,

Show a place where fish still swim, all shining scales and glinting tails.
Dried to dust, the river deep lies dreaming of the hunter’s feet.