ForeverMissed
Celina Anne Summers, 53 of Lancaster, Ohio left this world unexpectedly on September 3, 2020. She leaves behind her husband Shannon Summers, also of Lancaster Ohio, her father, John Harrison, of Clarksville, Tennessee, parents Harold “Doc” and Phoebe Summers, of Rockbridge, Ohio, daughter Audrey Blake and son-in law Wesley Stamps, of Hopewell, Virginia, daughter Meredith Blake, of Lancaster, Ohio, brother Stan Harrison of Clarksville, Tennessee, and her grandchildren: Keelynn, Aurora, Addyson, Corbin, Jesse, David, Scarlett, and Lennon. She was preceded in death by her mother Monique Harrison Hull. 

Celina loved kittens, reality television, history, opera, a good smoke, a stiff drink, a dirty joke, a vicious Twitter feud, and the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Her Saturdays were devoted to wearing Vol orange and she never missed a football or women’s basketball game. But anyone who knew Celina, could tell you that her real joy in life was her family. She was married with two grown daughters and eight grandchildren. If there is any consolation to be had, it is that she spent the last days of her life doing what she loved: visiting friends, writing, and caring for her family. She will be dearly missed.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Gini Koch

We met during a writing challenge at Absolute Write -- probably one of the only times I wrote more words in a month than Celina did. We became friends due to the competition and the sheer numbers we were both putting out -- it's nice to know you're not the only one who doesn't sleep when the muse calls. Supportive competition was the name of our game, and there was no one more fun to compete against and cheer along with. When she launched Musa and Penumbra e-zine, I sent her stories, she edited them, they published -- she allowed me to expand into areas I wanted to go that weren't mainstream enough for a larger press. We got to be together in person a few times (thanks to trade conferences), which is a blessing for friendships in the digital age. Going to miss your feisty self, girl -- the world is dimmer without you.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Michael Stribling

You will be missed. Celina, I'll be looking for your next Vols take when I get to heaven. Hopefully by then we'll have another Natty.. and you can tell me what it was like celebrating with Reggie White and Coach Majors. All love and peace to your family. Go Vols!
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Cathy Scott- Pearce NEHS Class of ‘84

Celina was a true character and funny as well as being serious. We would fondly argue about who would be marrying who in our favorite band at the time (Duran Duran). Enjoying the music and dressing up during that time. We had fun in drama class and participating in plays etc. We really never were best friends but I spent some time with her occasionally. She was very thoughtful and kind to others. I have and always will remember her walking down the hallway in school wearing her favorite hat that she thought looked like one of D2s band members. Always smiling! R.I.P sweet sweet Celina and may your light shine as bright in heaven.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Sandra Cormier Turnsek

I knew Celina from several writer's communities, and when one of my books became available, she begged me to allow her to take it on. We had a blast getting it cleaned up and released, and she was so supportive. We had a great relationship online, and I was gutted when I found out she was gone. I wish deepest condolences to her family.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Chris Speakman

We met over her book Asphodel. I was the reviewer and she was the author who sent me on adventures. We emailed laughs as I kept yelling....don't you dare...oh how could you..oh wow...throughout reading her words. She introduced me to other authors. "Listening" in on her tweets and Facebook I came to know someone dedicated to her family and who held a creative soul. She will be missed. Her words here within us forever.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Kim Nee

I met Celina way back in 2007 on a writer’s board and not only were we friends, she also became my editor. She used to joke about how evil she was with her red pen and I’ll admit, she was a tough editor, but she was never evil and my books were always better for that red pen. She was sharp and smart and funny and a fantastic editor and a good friend. And because of her red pen, I’ve never used the phrase “tiny slip of a woman” again (she wanted to rip her hair out over my fondness for that dumb phrase.)

I still can’t believe she is gone. She is sorely missed. Always.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Glenn Appleman

I considered Celina a friend through Twitter and the Paul Finebaum show. Her calls to the show always got my attention. Her twitter posts made me laugh, particularly her #MeanAirportTweets. I will deeply miss these. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.My God comfort all.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Kimberly Davis

I met Celina at the EMPOWERED book signing in Knoxville. I was fortunate to find her on Twitter and blessed enough to get my name mentioned in her book. Her wit, her #MeanAirportTweets, her passion for her family, the Vols, writing, and #VolTwitter will be missed! I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and know her, even if mostly online only. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May God comfort you all. She is already missed.
Posted by Audrey Caylor on September 4, 2020
I became friends with Celina in 2017 during the now infamous UT Football coaching search. We both had a solid and unwavering love of Tennessee Football but soon found out that we had so much more in common. I had the privilege to work a bit with Celina, Tom Mattingly and Joe McCamish on EMPOWERED. As hectic as that time was, I enjoyed every second of it. Even when she conned me into renting a mustang convertible to drive her around in, noisy thing. It was a rare experience to listen to brilliant writers discuss the finer points of a project so close to my heart. Since then, I had the privilege to get to know Celina on a much more personal level (although when she said she didn’t like moon pies, I nearly had to reevaluated our friendship). She dearly loved her family, was a master of the written word, was endlessly funny, brutally honest, always willing to share her knowledge and she was a VLF through and through. There will never be another like her and she will be dearly missed. Rest well, Sister.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 4, 2020
From Joe McCamish

I had the great privilege to work with Celina on our book "Empowered: The Fan Revolution That Changed College Football." For me, the experience was like wrestling an alligator with a sore tooth. It was wild, intense, exhausting, and exhilarating all at the same time. I had paired this high-octane writer named Celina with an accomplished Tennessee sports historian named Tom Mattingly. After dozens of face-to-face interviews, Skype calls and many sleepless nights we sent the manuscript to press in just 3 months time. In all my 25 years of publishing I've never worked with anyone as brilliant and generous and fiesty and prolific as Celina Summers. I will be forever grateful for the professional collaboration and our genuine friendship. 

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Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Gini Koch

We met during a writing challenge at Absolute Write -- probably one of the only times I wrote more words in a month than Celina did. We became friends due to the competition and the sheer numbers we were both putting out -- it's nice to know you're not the only one who doesn't sleep when the muse calls. Supportive competition was the name of our game, and there was no one more fun to compete against and cheer along with. When she launched Musa and Penumbra e-zine, I sent her stories, she edited them, they published -- she allowed me to expand into areas I wanted to go that weren't mainstream enough for a larger press. We got to be together in person a few times (thanks to trade conferences), which is a blessing for friendships in the digital age. Going to miss your feisty self, girl -- the world is dimmer without you.
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Michael Stribling

You will be missed. Celina, I'll be looking for your next Vols take when I get to heaven. Hopefully by then we'll have another Natty.. and you can tell me what it was like celebrating with Reggie White and Coach Majors. All love and peace to your family. Go Vols!
Posted by Joe McCamish on September 14, 2020
From Cathy Scott- Pearce NEHS Class of ‘84

Celina was a true character and funny as well as being serious. We would fondly argue about who would be marrying who in our favorite band at the time (Duran Duran). Enjoying the music and dressing up during that time. We had fun in drama class and participating in plays etc. We really never were best friends but I spent some time with her occasionally. She was very thoughtful and kind to others. I have and always will remember her walking down the hallway in school wearing her favorite hat that she thought looked like one of D2s band members. Always smiling! R.I.P sweet sweet Celina and may your light shine as bright in heaven.
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FROM CELINASUMMERS.com

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. 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.

"Beautifully crafted and refreshingly original, Celina Summers is a bold new voice in speculative fiction!"
                                              --NYT/USA Today #1 bestselling author Helen Hardt


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 a columnist at the Orange & White Report and Gameday on Rocky Top. 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.

GOODREADS.com Profile

Celina Summers is a speculative fiction author who mashes all kinds of genres into one giant fantasy goo. Her first fantasy series, The Asphodel Cycle, was honored with multiple awards--including top ten finishes for all four books in the P&E Readers' Poll as well as a prestigious Golden Rose nomination. Her Asphodel world combines a strong classical mythology foundation, traditional fantasy characters and settings, and strong female protagonists--elements to be found in all her work. The Black Dream series is also set in Asphodel, as is her new series Blood Feud.

Celina's other published works include the Mythos sensual romance series about Greco-Roman goddesses; Metamorphosis, a collection of her short stories; and the Covenant series, vampire historical fiction co-authored with Canadian author Rob Graham. Celina was the editor of the speculative fiction e-zine Penumbra, and worked as an editor and managing editor in e-publishing for well over a decade. She now writes full-time, but moonlights and edits a select clientele of writers including NYT and USA Today bestsellers in multiple genres. She also is a sportswriter and political analyst writing for multiple media outlets.
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Always thinking, always working

Shared by Tom Mattingly on September 6, 2020
Working with Celina Summers on “Empowered” was an absolute delight. Somehow we pulled together a 426-page manuscript in record time, and each of us kept a firm grip on our sanity. She told the Tennessee story with purpose, passion, resolve, and verve. She was well-versed on everything to do with Tennessee football history. She was always thinking, always working. Her writing skills were unmatched, and I remember learning a great deal about our craft from her. Celina could turn a phrase with ease, and excitement jumped off the page at every turn. When she put words on paper, thoughtful people paid attention. “When you write, you must listen for sounds,” Roger Kahn (“The Boys of Summer’) recalled a colleague telling him in one of his early days at the New York Herald Tribune. “And there is a sound that one word makes and there is the sound that one word makes on another and there is the sound of silences between words.” Celina understood that, and it showed in everything she wrote. Requiescat in pace, my friend.

Where was Celina on "Schiano Sunday" - November 26, 2017?

Shared by Joe McCamish on September 5, 2020
VolTwitter knows Celina's role in the ReVOLution on that day. I'm retelling it here because not everyone has read pg. 352 in our book EMPOWERED. But Celina witnessed something that lit the fire and rallied the troops on that rowdy day. 
That Sunday morning VolTwitter was buzzing with rumors Tennessee was announcing Greg Schiano as it's next head football coach. But it was all conjucture. Well, Celina lived in Lancaster, Ohio just 20 miles from the Ohio State campus. So she jumped in her car and headed straight for the athletic department. Through an office window Celina could see Schiano and his wife start pulling orange UT swag, shirts and ties from a bag. OMG - it was happening! Celina's covert espionage was just the confirmation Twitter needed to motivate thousands of fans in a spontaneous demonstration of unity! 
Of course this was just the beginning of the dramatic national and international story as it unfolded that day. However, I was still astounded when Celina told me she personally tweeted over 600 times that day on VolTwitter. So just a hundred campus protesters, radio flamethrower Tony Basilio, a couple of politicians, and superfans from around the world had converged to stop the Schiano hire. Amazing!!!
On pg. 369 Celina writes -- "Forget what you might have seen on ESPN. Forget what national sports media said. Forget about the condescension and insults you might have heard. Unless you were a part of the Rocky Top ReVOLution, you have no idea why it went down the way it did."

Amazon book review of EMPOWERED: The Fan Revolution That Changed College Football

Shared by Joe McCamish on September 4, 2020
Audrey Caylor Review

This book is for every football fan but for the TN football fan this book is pure vindication!

The Authors of this book have accomplished something I personally thought was impossible. Celina Summers and Tom Mattingly were able to peel back the layers covering up the corruption and ineptitude that caused the downfall of The University of Tennessee's historic Football program. This book is all encompassing, it lays everything bare and gives direct insight into the mindset of mega boosters, fans, former players, media, school administrators and Alumni. This is EVERY FAN'S book. This book FINALLY answers all of the questions that TN fans have had for the past 15 or more years. This is a MUST READ TWICE type of book. WELL DONE!!!!