Celina Summers (CA Chevault) 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 split her time as a server/bartender everywhere from Key West to New York City. She finally settled in Ohio, where a post-automobile accident back injury sidelined her from theater. Then she began to write.
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 placement in all four P&E Readers Polls for top fantasy and a prestigious Golden Rose nomination. Other publications include her sensual romance series Mythos, a short story collection Metamorphosis, and the Covenants Trilogy, co-authored with Rob Graham.
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 solely on her writing career, and has branched out from traditional speculative fiction into contemporary literary fantasy under the pseudonym CA Chevault.
Celina is married, has two grown daughters and several grandchildren--even though she is entirely too young at her soon-to-be permanent age of 49. Her husband, Shannon, is a computer security analyst, and together they foster abandoned cats and litters, all too often adopting another permanent resident to join the huge catio in the back yard. Celina is a devout fan of college football, and a regular caller to the Paul Finebaum show on the SEC Network. Aside from writing and reading, she blogs, writes a bi-weekly college football column called
Fact or Fanatic
, contributes articles regularly to the
Orange & White Report
, edits freelance, watches some reality television, and ticks off the neighbors by creating anatomically correct snowmen in the front yard--weather permitting. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, her historical fiction costume/interiors page on Pinterest, her author pages on Amazon, Blogcritics, and Goodreads, and at the bar every Saturday during college football season.
Celina is represented by the Cherry Weiner Literary Agency.