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 Her first piece of writing was an unpublished murder mystery novel that she wrote at age 9, in which a demonic cat ended up being the whodunnit.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 that, her parents guided her towards the light and away from the darkness by encouraging her to study music. After perfecting her singing and songwriting abilities, Minoti left India for Los Angeles in pursuit of popstardom at the age of 19. Three indie albums and a viral music video later, Minoti realized she still preferred murder to music, which led her to getting a job in true crime and paranormal reality TV where her work involved reading declassified intelligence files, interviewing police detectives and FBI agents, and producing unscripted content for Netflix, NatGeo, Discovery and History among other networks.
Prior to her reality TV career, Minoti also worked in event producing, putting together events like IMG's India Fashion Week, the IDA Documentary Awards, the IDA Screening Series and Docuday LA among other events. She also started Prophecy Girl Films, a marketing, development and production company, where she worked on several independent films like Cannes-selectee My Guardian Angel, Prestige Gold Award winner Let Them Eat Cake, and IndieWise award winner Abducted 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 Bachelors degree in Screenwriting and a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford in 2020. She is currently a Staff Writer on the CBS and Universal Television produced series, The Equalizer, starring Queen Latifah and scheduled to air on CBS Network in 2021.
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.