Minoti Vaishnav is a South Asian writer most recently staffed on The Equalizer on CBS. She was born in Mumbai, India to a doctor dad and journalist mom and wrote her first murder mystery at nine years old. After that, her parents decided to guide her towards the light instead of the darkness and encouraged her to study music instead. At 19, Minoti left her family behind in India and moved to Los Angeles on her own to become a popstar (as one does). Three indie albums and a viral music video later, Minoti realized she still preferred murder to music. This led to her becoming an investigative and true crime reality TV producer, a job where she read declassified CIA and MI-5 intelligence files, interviewed police detectives and former FBI agents, and cast former CIA analysts as unscripted show hosts. Additionally, she co-wrote 6 episodes of History Channel’s Hunting Hitler, associate produced the JFK: Declassified TV special for History Channel as well as episodes of Mission Declassified for Travel Channel, and development produced 17 other unscripted tv shows for Science Channel, Netflix, NatGeo, Travel Channel, and Discovery Channel among other networks.
Prior to her television career, Minoti worked in film, starting out as a researcher on the Emmy nominated HBO documentary American Winter. She served as the youngest President of the Alliance for Women in Media Southern California, a 68-year-old non-profit that works to advance the impact of women in media, while also running Prophecy Girl Films, a marketing, development and production company, where she worked on several independent films including My Guardian Angel which premiered at the Festival de Cannes Court Métrage, Let Them Eat Cake, which is now streaming on Amazon Prime, and the multiple award winning short Doris, among other projects.
Minoti Vaishnav, photo courtesy ViacomCBS
As a poet and writer of short fiction, Minoti's work has been published in Verve Magazine, Projected Letters, Brickplight, Kitchen Sink Magazine, Hushed Heartache Literary Magazine, and in the upcoming anthologies Tales From Alternate Earths Vol. 3 published by Inklings Press, and Once Upon A Time: A Fairytale Anthology by Red Penguin Books.
Minoti has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and is an alumna of the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program. She can also read tarot cards, but if you ask her to read your fortune, she might just make up fake predictions to freak you out. You have been warned.