Kathryn Yelinek’s story “Hearts and Roses” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 25 November 2016.
“Hearts and Roses” came about by merging two different ideas, as so many of my stories do. First, I’ve always enjoyed stories about individuals who have been turned human from something else, e.g., The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn. I’d been wanting to write a story like that for some time but couldn’t find a hook for this idea. Then I was talking with my boyfriend about strange things (as we often do), and I got the idea for a human heart with agency. Suddenly, Rosa and Heartwell were born, and the story followed after that.
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