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Lower Decks Interview: Lieutenant JG Maddi Hyden, USS Atlantis

We’re here with another interview with a newer member of our community. The title of this column is “Lower Decks,” hearkening back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled “Lower Decks,” in which junior officers aboard the Enterprise-D speculate on the reasons for recent unusual actions taken by the command crew near the Cardassian border.

This month’s interview is with the writer behind Lieutenant JG Maddi Hyden playing a Human Female Tactical Officer assigned to the USS Atlantis.

GALVEN: Thank you for taking the time out of your day to do an interview with me! Could you tell us a little about yourself for our readers out there?

HYDEN: Thank you for giving me the honor to be interviewed. My name is Stephen I’m 21 years old and I hail from West Virginia. I’ve been writing for a little over 4 years now never expected to enjoy it as much as I have, but wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m excited for some things that will be happening soon in the meantime just biding my time and waiting.

Are there any movies, shows, and/or books you take inspiration from?

Not exactly I’ve got a lot of my inspiration from multiple Star Trek shows. Usually though I have a very creative mind so I take quite a bit of time to refine my character into what I want them to be in the end.

Being a relatively new member having joined in November, what has been your favorite moment IC wise aboard the Atlantis?

That’s actually a tough one to to say. I’ve been playing a villain and the interactions with the ship has been something I’ve really enjoyed. I have enjoyed everything on the Atlantis. It’s a great ships and has a great crew. Brell is an amazing Captain and I enjoy serving under him.

On your character’s wiki, it shows some great milestones regarding Hyden’s family as well as some tragedies including her mother dying as Maddi began her Academy entrance exams. How have you used this for character development?

It’s actually where all of her development began. Her mom’s death made her strive to do her best in the Academy. And some tragic events made her become the fighter that many respect. Character development comes from so many different aspects and I’m continuing to find more ways for character development.

Out of all the number of duty posts, you chose security officer. What advice can you give new and older members who want to choose that particular duty post?

I would suggest they be interested in the duty post before anything else because if you don’t like your post then it’s harder for you to enjoy writing. Security can be a challenging post, but it can also be a fun one it all depends on how you look at it. Take the post seriously because the lives of your ship and crew are in your hands, but also have fun with it and make the best of even the worst situation.  

And lastly, do you personally have aspirations in the fleet? Are there any OOC activities you’re associated with, or any you’d like to join?

I honestly haven’t decided fully what I want to do at the current time I’m going to work towards Commander, but there might be more after that. I am indeed! I am part of the fleet Publicity Team, I help write the summaries for Atlantis missions and do other side things to help the ship out if the Captain asks me too. When I hit full Lieutenant I really am considering about joining the Training Team, but I shall cross that bridge when I come to it.

Thanks for your time, Lieutenant JG Maddi Hyden!

You can read more about Lieutenant JG Maddi Hyden on the wiki.