Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

New York (Kelly) & Los Angeles (Tarun)

Reader & Writer



Tarun and Kelly met in a freshman year writing class at NYU and started writing These Vicious Masks a few years later.

Tarun is a writer living in Los Angeles whose idea of paradise consists of kung-fu movies, David Bowie and chai tea. Since completing his first horrible screenplay in high school, he's written everything from one-act plays and film criticism to humor pieces and strongly-worded emails. He's also magnetized, crushed and burned the hard drive where that first screenplay can be found.

Kelly is a writer and actor living in NYC. YA is her absolute favorite thing on earth other than cupcakes and she has spent many hours crying over fictional deaths. She also started reading Harlequin romances at a possibly too early age (12?), and still loves a good paperback romance.

Favorite Books

Indiscretion - Jude Morgan
A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

Persuasion - Jane Austen
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Favorite Genres

Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas's Manuscripts

Most Recent Blog Posts

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Swoon Authors Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas: Sacrificing Your Darlings At the Editing Altar

Hello Swooners, It is Tarun and Kelly! At least we think it’s us… we aren’t too sure of very much right now. In fact, we come to you by the good graces of coffee, tea, bad pizza, and many Cadbury Creme Eggs. The light is too bright and the noises are too loud, but it’s probably a ... Read More


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Friday, April 3rd, 2015

And the winning cover for THESE VICIOUS MASKS is…

Dear Swooners, We want to thank you all so very much for voting for the These Vicious Masks covers! It was so fun to see the vote numbers go up and up and we both probably broke our mice clicking refresh. But we’re pleased to announce that the winner is… is… is… THE SUPERHERO COVER!!! Woooo!!!  From the first ... Read More


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