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 at Austin Peay State University. 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. But theater rarely pays the bills so she returned to her first love, writing.
Her debut 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. She penned a follow-up series in the same world, The Black Dream, and is currently working on a third, Blood Feud. But 2018 is the year of the Harlequinade, a twelve books in twelve months time travel/historical fantasy/paranormal mashup.
Celina has also been an editor for almost two decades, 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. Recently, she penned a paranormal nonfiction, Stalked by the Zozo Demon, which remained on the Amazon bestseller list for its genre for five months.
Celina is also a sportswriter and columnist at the Orange & White Report and Gameday on Rocky Top. Her first sports-related non-fiction book, Empowered: The Fan ReVOLution That Changed College Football with Tom Mattingly, will be released in 2018. She also occasionally adds clients to her NYT/USA Today bestselling editing clientele. 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.