her Life


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. 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.