COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario, in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. She had a pretty average, not unhappy childhood, and for most of her adolescent life, Courtney’s parents ran a lapidary business out of their home, which took her to a lot of interesting “rock shows” across the province. Despite growing up surrounded by gems and minerals, Courtney still managed to fail the geology unit in her sixth grade science class.
When she was around 10 years old, her local theatre’s production of Man of La Mancha–directed by her father–sparked her dream of telling stories that would move people the same way the musical had moved her. At age 14, she dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently, but in truth, those years were really spent exploring various mediums that would best serve the stories she wanted to tell. She tried acting, directing, photography, music and screenwriting and none of them were a match. At age 18, she wrote her first novel and all the pieces finally fell into place.
She likes writing books about girls who only have themselves because sometimes that realization is the scariest and most important thing–the slow untangling of the difference between ‘lonely’ and ‘alone.’ Her favourite kind of stories are the ones that make you wish so badly they’d ended differently but deep down you know they really couldn’t have gone any other way.
To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBILS award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published four more books. They are 2011 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick and White Pine Honor book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, This is Not a Test, and most recently, Please Remain Calm (an e-novella sequel to This is Not a Test) and All the Rage. All the Rage was an Official Tumblr Reblog Book Club pick and named a Best Book of 2015 by Bustle, Book Riot, Chicago Public Library and the B&N Teen Blog.
When Courtney is not writing, she enjoys playing video games, watching horror movies, Supernatural and planning for the impending zombie apocalypse. Her favorite color is green.