Local crime perpetrator uses background enhancement writing


Crime writing is inspired by many aspects of life, including one’s own life and experiences. A book called “The Cipher” is part of a series featuring FBI Special Agent Nina Guerrera and draws on a law enforcement setting to bring a realistic edge to the plot. Best-selling Wall Street author Isabella Maldonado explained how her law enforcement background helped her write the stories.

“After a life of crime, you want to write about crime. In fact, the last position I held before retiring, I was a captain and I was commander of special investigations and forensics. With that kind of background, I knew I would try to turn it into something else, and so I went with fiction,” Maldonado said.

Maldonado retired to start a family, then decided to pursue a career as a writer. She always wanted to write and took the time to do so while not working in law enforcement.

“Even as a youngster I always loved to read and so I thought, you know, I have to try to write, really. And then when I started writing and the stories came and came from me , and I was like okay, this is it, this is what I have to do!” said Maldonado.

Maldonado said she joined writing groups and really needed to learn creative writing because when you’re in law enforcement it’s not really something that’s highlighted. It’s just fact-based, so it’s a very different type of skill. It was very difficult, according to Maldonado.

“The Cipher” has been bought by Netflix and will soon be a movie starring Jennifer Lopez.

“The screenwriters have already worked on the adaptation and I have been in contact with them on several occasions. I become an executive producer and a consultant, so it’s a lot of fun. No, I haven’t met J-Lo yet, but fingers crossed!” Maldonado said.

Isabella Maldonado/Author


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