Five Lessons from the Yellow Brick Road

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by Isabella Maldonado The FBI National Academy is an advanced course for law enforcement executives from around the world. For approximately three months, over 200 men and women move into college-style dorms at the FBI training campus at Quantico. The academic portion of the program is rigorous, requiring attendees to take classes, undergo exams, and […]

Captain Maldonado is under interrogation…by Detective Cruz!

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Renowned reviewer and blogger Lesa Holstein of Lesa’s Book Critiques and the Poisoned Pen, asks me what it would be like if my own lead character, badass Homicide detective Veranda Cruz, brought me in for questioning. Every crime fiction author’s worst nightmare. ISABELLA: Why are we in an interview room at police headquarters? Am I […]

EVER WONDER WHAT A REAL FEMALE POLICE OFFICER THINKS ABOUT FICTIONAL WOMEN WITH A BADGE?

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I wrote this exclusive guest post for Criminal Element. Follow the link to read the whole article. 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 with interest. For the most […]