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“Marvelous Myths: A conversation with Roshani Chokshi”

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By Anjali, Kiera, Mia, Vianca, Jesus, and Aravah
High School Students from 826NYC
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About this Project:

The Marvelous Myths Podcast project was inspired by our group of teen writers' interest in how different world mythologies can be adapted and modernized in modern stories. While Greek and Roman mythologies are well known, other mythologies such as African and Asian mythologies are not, yet are currently shining in many popular YA books.

Roshani Chokshi, award-winning and best-selling author, joined us right after the release of the fourth installment in her Aru Shah series to discuss how Indian mythology has inspired her writing.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Olivia Ing 👏 Founder, CEO at Playspaces — Emoti-Con Judge
Well done, Anjali, Kiera, Mia, Vianca, Jesus, and Aravah! The podcast was super entertaining. You did an excellent job in setting it up to draw the audience in. The back and forth interaction you have with the author is dynamic - I enjoy hearing how the team all chiming in and humanizes these stories in a way that's relevant for today's listeners.

Peizhu Yuan 👏 Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Such a great interview! I'm so touched by the name conversation since I also have a relatively uncommon name and I can relate to everything you all said!

This episode of your podcast is super interesting. It's always fascinating to learn about uncommon myths. Although there were quite a handful of awkward moments of silence that made me feel like you were discussing what question to ask on the spot, which is not very recommended when you're interviewing on a podcast, I think if this is your first episode to The Marvelous Myths Podcast, you're doing really great! I do suggest that you can maybe include a few seconds of music before starting the audio, it does not attract listeners to continue when the noise overlaps your talking voice. And it probably would have been helpful to have each of your members (and the guest) introduce themselves so that we can relate each voice to a name before jumping into the interview.

Jessica Hochman 👏 We Need 2 Talk & The Equity & Disproportionality Lab at Temple University — Emoti-Con Judge
As someone who works with librarians, loves mythology, and loves reading, this podcast really won me over! It's always exciting to hear authors speak about their work, and it's especially dynamic when readers get to engage with authors they love. The enthusiasm of the hosts was palpable, and your guest also seemed genuinely engaged by your questions, which is the sign of a good interview. One consideration for future episodes might be to experiment with editing to smooth out the finished product. Maybe even come up with a theme song! This project feels full of potential and taps into the hot medium of podcasting to connect readers even more deeply with their favorite books and authors. I look forward to future episodes!

Joe Chung 👏 MFA Design and Technology Student at Parsons School of Design — Emoti-Con Judge
Great efforts on creating a really engaging podcast! I really love the enthusiasm in your voices as you ask your guest questions. I also appreciate that you are so well versed in her works that your questions provide a lot of opportunity for your guest to share personal stories behind her works. The interactions and follow up questions are great as well, and the conversations make for good podcast listening. Well done!

Feedback from the Community:

tari 👏 a Community Member from denver colorado
this was such a fun conversation. i hope you will do more of them. i am a fan of you all and would love to hear more! just wonderful!
Barbara & Steve 👏 a Community Member from Richmond, Virginia
Enjoyed the interview! Great introduction and insightful comments! Appreciated the meaningful conversation the author brought. Well done by all!
Naomi 👏 a Community Member from 826NYC
It was so amazing to listen to this podcast after seeing all the great work the Teen Writers' Collective has done this year! I loved the interview questions you crafted and the great reflections throughout this episode, and can't wait to hear more!