Local author Cindy Marolt’s book wins acclaim

BY WHITNEY BRYEN Modified: November 7, 2008 at 9:49 am •  Published: November 7, 2008
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Writing always was a passion of former natural gas trader Cindy Marolt. But after the success of her award-winning debut novel, Marolt is rethinking her future.

Marolt’s "No One Heard Her Scream,” published under the pen name Jordan Dane, was named this month among Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year in the mass market division. It was then that Marolt’s lifelong passion became a success.

"That totally shocked me because it is such a prestigious award,” Marolt said. "They review thousands of books, and I was just floored when I was one of two winners who won for their debut.”She has fond memories of reading at a young age. As an adult, she said she had some spare time and began writing; soon her hobby became her livelihood.

Marolt’s inspiration for her debut novel comes from the case of missing teenager Natalee Holloway and a friend’s experience.

"A friend once told me that her sister was murdered and that she was still feeling the loss every day,” Marolt said. "I wanted to write a crime story that would capture that depth of emotion and give a voice to the victims of crime.”

In the book, a detective is barred from the inquiry into the abduction and death of her sister. When she learns remains in the wall of an old theater are from a woman close to her sister’s age, the hunt for a killer becomes a vendetta.

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