A Moment with Maggie!

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How did you start writing?

  • I got into writing when I was 12 years old! I was an avid reader as a kid, and was constantly going to the library and the bookstore. Like many other readers though, I didn’t always have access to new books as often as I wanted, so I would have to re-read them. Eventually, I got so bored of re-reading my books, that I decided I should just try writing my own! I started by writing a novel, and then got into writing short stories and poetry. There was a short period of time when I wanted to be an actress, but when I was 15 I realized that I wasn’t great at it. I was still very interested in film and TV though, so I decided to take a creative writing class in high school with an LA screenwriter. I had never before put together that you could write scripts, and I enjoyed it so much that I moved to Los Angeles and went to USC!

What do you like about working at Parcast?

  • I was trained to write for TV, so writing and producing podcasts is different because it takes away the visual element of storytelling, and forces you to think about other things. I have learned new tools as a writer, such as how to deliver conflict through dialogue, and what sound effects to use to tell a story naturally. It’s also very fulfilling as a young writer to hear your work produced.

What do you think is the most important element in a podcast?

  • I think the most important element in writing a podcast is to find interesting characters. In episodes of Unsolved Murders, this person is often times the victim. The subject needs to be somebody the audience will care about and invest themselves in emotionally. However, when I wrote for our show Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths, it was more important to find interesting conflicts that the characters may have struggled with, and to examine their close relationships in depth.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

  • I was captain of my high school winterguard team. Most people probably don’t know what that is, but it’s the team of girls with the flags you see in the marching band. You dance to pre recorded music and have choreographed routines. It’s like dance, but more dangerous!

What story, if any, has been especially influential to you?

  • I was really influenced by the Harry Potter series growing up; my favorite is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That book has everything: magical creatures, time travel, a great villain, and great plot twists! J.K. Rowling did such a great job developing the characters as well. They are all so interesting and interconnected.

What is your guilty pleasure?

  • Watching the bachelor and eating junk food!