Sometimes a real moment launches a fictional story. Such was the case with my short story "Late Bloom," which is up today at Necessary Fiction.
One weekday morning two years ago, I was walking through an empty residential neighborhood and saw, in the block ahead, a woman lying in the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. From a distance, I couldn't tell if she was alive or dead. That's how this story starts, for my main character. The rest is fiction.