Creating ‘On The Night Train’ for Radio from scratch with Kiley Hatch | The Merry Beggars

Creating ‘On The Night Train’ for Radio from scratch with Kiley Hatch | The Merry Beggars

A student in Hillsdale college, Kiley Hatch pitched a story to the Merry Beggars, and they snatched up her creative talent. An idea bloomed into a massive project with 40 characters, 21 episodes, and a rousing race across America produced as an audio drama for radio. Kiley shares her experiences diving into the deep end, being paired with an incredible team, and how she grew as a writer and creator.

Editor’s note: this interview was glitchy, but we’ve done our best to edit it for clarity. The final version here is the best we can do – but we think you’ll agree that Kiley has such a winning personality that the time flies by!

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00:00 Kiley’s origin story
04:38 Why Kiley is ‘Anne of Green Gables’
05:28 Creating ‘On the Night Train’
12:15 The adventure of making an audio drama
14:33 Creating character arcs
17:48 Kiley’s favorite writing tools
18:48 Writing with a Catholic team: the Merry Beggars
22:43 Surprising outcomes from this project

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Founder of LegendFiction, and a total Wandery. Geeks over epics, mystics, science, the angelic, & Netflix. A young, Catholic dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding and faith-inspired fiction. A graduate from the Writer’s Institute for Children’s Literature, self-published a children’s novel, and works as a full time marketer and graphic designer. Married, with a small girl and a smaller corgi. Website | See more of Dominic's posts

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