Courtney Summers: Biography

Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers’ first novel, Cracked Up to Be, won the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. She has since authored three more books: Some Girls Are (a 2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour Book), Fall for Anything (a 2012 YALSA Quick Pick), and This is Not a Test (a 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book). Her novel, All the Rage, and e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test) were released in 2015.

Born in Belleville, Ontario, Courtney Summers dropped out of high school, with the full support of her parents, when she was fourteen years old. After four years of independent study and discernment, at age eighteen she realized that she was meant to write. Her award winning first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was only twenty two years old.

An avid feminist, Courtney Summers currently lives near her childhood town of Belleville, where she enjoys video games and horror movies. Courtney offers an abundance of positive encouragement and advice for young authors. She logically states that, “age is not going to get you a book deal (though it might end up being a talking/selling point if you do get one)- your work has to speak for itself.” She recommends thorough revision before submission to an editor, and has noticed that “not many writers get far on a first draft and if they do, they’re the exception, not the rule.”