Author Maghan Hunt, also known by her Wintu name as Wai Takit Boloq, is a Northern California native. She graduated from Chico State with a bachelor’s degree in communication design, and has over a decade of media experience. Recently Maghan began graduate school at Lindenwood University. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing and will graduate in Spring 2023.
Maghan is a member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana. She also has ties to the Wintu Tribe of Northern California. Because of her family heritage, Native American history and culture is a big part of her life. She has worked on a few documentaries regarding issues facing the Wintu tribe, and hopes to infuse Native American themes and culture into her books.
Autism also plays a special role in Maghan’s life. Her son was diagnosed as a level 2 autistic when he was 3, and for the past seven years, Maghan has devoted her life to better understanding the disorder and how to help those with it. She has become an advocate for her son and helps others in her local area with questions about obtaining resources. As her son’s journey morphed, Maghan realized she needed to take a different approach to life.
In 2019, Maghan made the decision to leave the workforce. She sold her house, and began downsizing her life to make a more sustainable future for herself and her son. She began taking on more part-time work, decided to attend graduate school, and bought a tiny house. The shift in priorities has allowed her more time with her son, and the ability to pursue her passion of writing and creating.
In her spare time (when not writing), Maghan can be found behind a camera, in her garden, sewing, cooking, or out in nature, hiking the trails. She is also a member of the Author’s Guild and the Honors Society.