Celina Summers was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. While there, she became fascinated with languages and history while a high school student in the top Latin program in the nation. She continued her education in Tennessee, pursuing degrees in political science and communications. While there, she was a top collegiate debater and public speaker, and also began her lifelong love of theater—beginning with her studies under top dramaturge Howard Stein. After college, she went into professional theater, racking up credits as an actor, scenic designer, and director along the eastern seaboard. Her first fantasy series, The Asphodel Cycle, was originally published in 2007. The books in the series won numerous awards and nominations, including top ten placements in all four P&E Readers Polls for top fantasy and a prestigious Golden Rose nomination. Celina has also been an editor for over a decade, the managing editor at two publishing houses, and the founder/editor of the speculative fiction magazine Penumbra. She is now focused primarily on her writing career, and has branched out from traditional speculative fiction into historical and literary fantasy. Celina is a sportswriter with a weekly NCAA column at Blogcritics Magazine and a columnist at the Orange & White Report. She also occasionally adds clients to her NYT/USA Today bestselling editing clientele. Her only hobbies are college athletics and paranormal investigation. She is a regular caller on the Paul Finebaum sports television show, and every Saturday in the fall is spent cheering on her beloved Tennessee Volunteers...or stuck in some creepy haunted location. Not a boring life at the end of the day.
"Beautifully crafted and refreshingly original, Celina Summers is a bold new voice in speculative fiction!"--NYT/USA Today #1 bestselling author Helen Hardt