Author and screenwriter. Unraveling mysteries, and unearthing new ones, one story at a time. Currently dreaming in the City of Angels.
Ellen Tremiti grew up in rural New Jersey, spent some formative years in Boston, and now resides in Los Angeles. She studied creative writing and film at Emerson College where she was mentored by DeWitt Henry, memoirist, novelist, and founding editor of Ploughshares. Her memoir work produced during this time won an EVVY Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Prose. Upon graduation, she moved to Hollywood and pursued a career in the entertainment industry with reckless abandon. Her prose has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Her short story, "The Influencer," was selected for The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022 anthology (Mysterious Press). Her screenwriting includes an action adventure series for ViacomCBS and a mystery TV pilot, Gumheels, that landed on Coverfly’s Red List and won the 2022 WeScreenplay TV writing competition. To cap off 2022, she was named as one of the Best Unrepped Writers of the Year.
Ellen balances life as a writer with the bustle of the studio system, working as a script and story supervisor for feature films produced by Warner Bros. and DreamWorks Animation. While lawyers and judges run deep in her family, she is the first to unravel mysteries for storytelling purposes rather than legal proceedings. Recently, Ellen completed her first novel and was selected for Coverfly's Career Mentorship Program. She is a proud member of The Mystery Writers of America and Women Who Submit.
-Writer for DC Comics, Dark Horse, ViacomCBS, King Games, and others
"Gumheels," hour long pilot
A group of female friends with a murder club podcast gets drawn into crime solving when one of their own goes missing.
-On Coverfly's Red List: top 20 drama pilots, 2021-2022; top 1% of all projects
- Winner: WeScreenplay TV Pilot Competition
"Plus Two," Only Murders in the Building spec script
Shameful secrets abound in the Arconia as Bunny, the iron-fisted lead board member of the apartment complex, becomes suspect number one in Tim Kono’s murder while planning an anniversary party. Meanwhile, Charles hides a secret anniversary of his own and Mabel worries he’s emotionally fragile after his new girlfriend is hospitalized. Oliver becomes increasingly annoyed with “Slow Guy,” a resident at the Arconia who seems to constantly be in his way.
-Semifinalist: Austin Film Festival Teleplay Competition
"Clarke," hour long pilot
An aging grandmother, who happens to be one of the most celebrated detectives in the LAPD, faces the biggest challenge of her career when she's forced to partner with an upstart rookie in order to solve a strange new case involving a social media starlet.
- Top 4% of all projects on Coverfly
-"The Influencer" in the 65th anniversary issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (Nov/Dec 2021)
-"The Influencer" selected for The Best Mystery Stories of the Year: 2022 anthology (Mysterious Press; editor, Sara Paretsky; series editor, Otto Penzler). Press release available here.
-Recently completed first novel, mystery/thriller; 90,000 words
"Glycerin" in The Fiction Pool
"Diamondback" in Flash Fiction Magazine
"Don't Worry, Little Sis" in Bewildering Stories
- Selected as Editors' Choice, Bewildering Stories, Second Quarterly Review, 2019
"Peddler" in Gingerbread House