My first sale ever, “Mortar Flowers,” is out today in the June 13th issue of Nature!
You can read it here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v498/n7453/full/498266a.html (Check out the PDF version–it’s quite pretty ;)).
Well, what a crazy, wondrous journey it has been. I had 82 writing rejections at the time of the sale.
As for the story behind the story:
A few years ago, I stumbled across the concept of Sarajevo roses, and I developed a reverent fascination for this unique, deeply meaningful art form. When I then read that the concrete was being replaced in the Sarajevo and the roses were disappearing, I was struck by an instant sense of loss. I kept trying to find out who had made the roses in the first place, but I never did. That was the inspiration for the Cement Florist.