About Me

Short Bio

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of New Wave Crime at Down & Out Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years. She co-hosts the Crime Friction podcast, and is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the seven-volume  non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. She is currently editing an episodic thriller, Serial Killer, featuring a variety of authors including Jeffery Deaver, Eoin Colfer, Jason Starr and herself. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016, and will be keynote speaker at the 2018 Central Coast Writers Conference. Find her online at chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

Full Bio

Chantelle Aimée Osman is Editor of New Wave Crime at Down & Out Books, focusing on diversity of plot, culture, and character, and championing new voices in the crime genre. She is also the co-host of the Crime Friction podcast with author Jay Stringer, and the former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine

Outside of her work as an editor, Ms. Osman is also an award-winning mystery writer, whose numerous short stories and flash fiction have appeared in anthologies, literary journals and e-zines. She is an Anthony Award nominee for The Sirens of Suspense website, a former Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor, and has served as editor for several successful anthologies and is an annual judge for ITW Awards. She teaches writing at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, as well as with LitReactor and the international Authors at Large program.


As former Head of Business Affairs and Development for production companies in Hollywood, Ms. Osman has experience in all aspects of the film industry—from dealing with agents, studios, and independent productions, to casting and editing scripts. In the past, she has greenlit projects ranging from A-list blockbusters to made-for-TV movies. She is a recurring judge for the Phoenix Film Festival screenplay competition.

Prior to working in the film industry, Ms. Osman obtained her law degree, and worked with political campaigns on the state and presidential levels. Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, she served as a federal and state lobbyist, fighting for such issues as awareness for organ donation programs, and gambling addiction prevention. Ms. Osman is a graduate of Arizona State University College of Law, holds degrees in Psychology, French and Art History, and speaks five languages. She divides her time between New York and Arizona.

Workshop & Conference History

  • Albuquerque Comic Expo (2013, 2014)
  • Bouchercon (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Cape Cod Writers Center Conference (2014, 2015)
  • Central Coast Writers Conference (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Cocoa Beach Writers Conference (2013-Keynote)
  • Convolution
  • Desert Dreams, RWA (2017)
  • Desert Nights, Rising Stars (2016)
  • DragonCon (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • DFW Writers Conference 
  • EuroCon (2016)
  • Florida Writers Conference (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017)
  • GAMA Trade Show (2015, 2016)
  • GenCon (2018)
  • Hampton Roads Writers Conference
  • League of Utah Writers Conference
  • Left Coast Crime (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guest of Honor, 2018)
  • Muse Online Writers Conference (2009, 2010)
  • Northern Colorado Writers Conference (2015)
  • Origins (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Oxford Literary Festival (2016)
  • Phoenix Comicon (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference
  • Screenwriters of Brevard (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Space Coast Writers Guild Screenwriting Workshop
  • Texas Mountain Trail Writers Spring Retreat
  • ThrillerFest/PitchFest (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Tucson Festival of Books (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Whidbey Island Writers Conference
  • Wisconsin Writers Association Fall Conference
  • Write on the Sound Writers Conference
  • Writer's Digest Conference (2018)