MY BIG FAT LATINO NOVEL

by Isabella Maldonado The Latino equivalent of Windex is Vicks VapoRub, which is used to treat everything from a head cold to a sucking chest wound. Now you know. When I retired from police work and took up crime writing, I saw the need for a change from what usually populated bookshelves in the...

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REGIONAL FLAVOR

by Isabella Maldonado I write two crime fiction series, one with a homicide detective and the other featuring a federal agent. A major difference between the two is how the setting changes the feel of the story. Having your main character work in the same place grounds your story deeply in the...

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PLEASE EXCUSE MY BADGE

by Isabella Maldonado More than two decades with a gun and badge changes you—for better and for worse. After retiring from the force, I found shifting to civilian life somewhat challenging, and discovered that being a cop requires certain behaviors and skills that don’t transition well. Here are a...

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A REAL COP’S TAKE ON FICTIONAL WOMEN WITH A BADGE

By Isabella Maldonado I confess to a love-hate relationship with police procedurals—be they novels, TV shows, or movies. After 22 years wearing a gun and badge, I’ve followed the shifting image of the female police officer, detective, federal agent, and other women with a badge with interest. For...

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