Title: These Ruthless Deeds
Authors: Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker
Series: These Vicious Masks #2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.
As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears…
We were actually combining our two favorites. Tarun loved comic books and superheroes growing up and Kelly devoured historicals. So we managed to shove the two together and hopefully create something a little different.
2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
Tarun: Usually editing. I can’t stand first drafts, I cringe my way through all the plot holes or beg Kelly to do it. In editing, there’s that satisfying reward of filling those holes and solving problems.
Kelly: Probably the same. Drafting is a scary, daunting process where I often feel like I’m skipping from rock to rock, trying not to fall in the river. Editing, well, at the very least, there are a lot more stones to help you cross!
3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
Tarun: I love pretty much every genre in their own way, but the key to my heart is always humor. If I find a writer with a similar sense of humor to mine, I’ll follow them anywhere.
Kelly: Relationships. Not always romantic (Hi, did we all read IRON CAST by Destiny Soria? Best friendship EVER). But well-drawn, exciting relationships with believable tension and flaws - that’s my jam.
4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Tarun: Oscar Wilde. OH WAIT SORRY, I MEAN KELLY ZEKAS.
Kelly: Jane Austen and I’m not even sorry about it.
5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
Tarun: I never thought of myself as too creative growing up. I wanted to be a movie critic when I was in high school and that gradually evolved into writing the exact things I wanted to see/read.
Kelly: Definitely much later in life. I planned on being an actress and went to school for it. It was only really when Tarun proposed working on this book that I fell in love with writing.
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.