Ausma Zehanat Khan

Fantasy Mystery

How They Came to Us

Danielle had to fight to get Ausma as a client and that scrappy moment remains one of the best decisions of her career. Ausma was unagented for her first two mystery novels, but she realized she needed representation in order to sell her fantasy. Danielle had read an ARC of THE UNQUIET DEAD and was an immediate fan of Ausma’s work so, when Ausma’s editor told her Ausma was looking for an agent, she asked to be considered. Danielle and Ausma bonded in an email back-and-forth about themes of social justice in fantasy and about potential edits for THE BLOODPRINT before setting up a phone call to discuss representation.

The Saturday before the call, Ausma emailed Danielle to let her know she had talked to another, very well-respected, agent (at the time Danielle only had one client and hadn’t yet sold a book) and that, as much as she had enjoyed their email exchanges, she was going to go with the other agent. (A very reasonable decision.) Danielle immediately emailed back to ask Ausma to give her a chance to make her case over the phone. Fortunately for Danielle, Ausma agreed and, in the end, decided to take a risk on a new agent. Now, they have worked together for several years and sold seven books together.


Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of the award-winning debut novel The Unquiet Dead, the first in the Khattak/Getty mystery series. Her subsequent novels include the critically acclaimed The Language of Secrets and Among the Ruins. The Khattak/Getty mystery series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate, and Ausma is also the author of a forthcoming fantasy series for Harper Voyager. The Bloodprint, Book One of the Khorasan Archives will be published in October 2017. Ausma holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. A British-born Canadian and former adjunct law professor, she now lives in Colorado with her husband.

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Khattak/Getty Mysteries

The Unquiet Dead

The Language of Secrets

Among the Ruins

A Dangerous Crossing

A Deadly Divide

The Khorasan Archives

The Bloodprint

The Black Khan

The Blue Eye

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