Shankari Chandran worked as a lawyer in the social justice field for over a decade. In 2017, she published her first two novels. Song of the Sun God (Perera-Hussein Publishing House) was short-listed for the Fairway National Literary Award (Sri Lanka, 2018). The Barrier (Pan Macmillan Australia) has been short-listed for the Norma K Hemming Award (2018) for speculative fiction. Both books have been optioned for television.
Shankari is now working on her third book, a thriller also set in Sri Lanka. In 2017, she received a grant from Create NSW and the NSW Writers’ Centre which enabled her to go to Sri Lanka and conduct essential research.