Minoti Vaishnav was born in Mumbai, India to a doctor dad and journalist mom. Her first piece of writing was an unpublished murder mystery novel that she wrote at age 9, in which a demonic cat ended up being the whodunnit. After reading this, Minoti’s parents decided to guide her towards the light and away from the darkness by encouraging her to study music instead of writing about demons. In pursuit of pop-stardom, Minoti left her family behind in India and moved to Los Angeles on her own at the age of 19. Three indie albums and a viral music video later, Minoti realized she still preferred murder to music. This led to her working in investigative and paranormal reality TV where she read declassified CIA and MI-5 intelligence files, interviewed police detectives and former FBI agents, and produced unscripted television for Netflix, NatGeo, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, and History Channel among other networks.
Prior to her reality TV career, Minoti interned on the Emmy nominated HBO documentary AMERICAN WINTER, worked as an event producer on events like IMG's India Fashion Week, the IDA Documentary Awards, and the IDA Screening Series, and 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. She also started 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
Minoti now writes dark, murder mystery dramas with a supernatural or sci-fi bent, pulling from her childhood obsessions as well as her prior work experience. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford and is an alumna of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. She is currently a Staff Writer on the CBS and Universal Television produced series, THE EQUALIZER, starring Queen Latifah.
Minoti’s favorite hobby is reading tarot cards, but if you ask her to read your fortune, she might just make up fake predictions just to freak you out. You have been warned.