Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Events

Join us the 3rd Wednesday of each month – Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Downtown Scottsdale, Wall Street Room, 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd. Networking at 6 p.m. Short business session at 6:30. Program runs from 7 to 8. No RSVPs needed. Attendees pay for their own meals.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 6-8 p.m.
“The Psychology of Stalking”

Current SinC Desert Sleuths President, ISABELLA MALDONADO, is a retired police captain with over two decades experience in law enforcement. Graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, she worked in patrol, hostage negotiations and recruit instruction. She commanded the Special Investigations & Forensics Division, the Public Information Office and a police district station. Ms. Maldonado has given presentations at several DS events, has two stories published in DS anthologies, and is currently working on her debut novel featuring a Phoenix Police Detective going up against a vicious drug cartel family.

During her tenure at the police academy, Ms. Maldonado was the first instructor to obtain specialized training to become certified in the area of stalking prevention. She was responsible for training all police recruits in various aspects of stalking, to include the psychology of both the stalker and the target. She also spoke to civic groups about the subject, and provided training for private security and protection personnel. Over the years, she dealt with several victims and stalkers.

For her presentation, she will focus on the psychology of stalking. Whether your writing is set in the past, present or future, and whether your bent is cozy, literary or thriller, a character who becomes obsessed with another character in your story will exhibit certain behaviors that are consistent. Learn what these are and how the target’s reactions influence the stalker’s future actions.


Write NOW! Conference 2015

This popular annual conference replaces our August meeting and features workshops and panel discussions to help you, no matter what your level of expertise, hone your writing, get published, and market your books. Please visit the WriteNow! Conference Page.

Past Events

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