Shankari Chandran is a dystopic thriller writer and a lawyer.
Shankari worked in the social justice field for a decade in London. She was responsible for projects in over 30 countries ranging from ensuring representation for detainees in Guantanamo Bay to training lawyers in Rwanda to advising UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Her work helped her understand the role and limitations of international humanitarian law in conflicts. It also showed her what happens to society when governments subvert civil liberties. These issues form major themes in her writing.
Shankari wanted to write from childhood but kept her stories and her courage inside her head for a long time. She finally committed to creative writing when faced with the dual upheavals of migrating from London back to her home in Australia, and the birth of her fourth child in 2010.
She started with blogging for Mamamia.com.au where she became a columnist, writing on parenthood and multiculturalism. She quickly realised that 500 words was not enough and she began her first novel in 2012.
In January 2017, she published her first book, Song of the Sun God with Perera-Hussein. Her second book, The Barrier, was published by Pan Macmillan Australia in June 2017.
It asks, what would happen to the world if an Ebola pandemic and religious wars converged?
Shankari is now researching her third book, a thriller also set in Sri Lanka, because she can’t leave the place alone. She has created a character she hopes will have many adventures and books.
Go to Shankar’s webpage here