Summer Hanford

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I grew up on a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York and, much as I love animals, always knew I wanted to go to college (you don’t have to get up as early there). I got a bachelor’s degree in psychology (long story) and went on to do graduate and doctoral work in behavioral neurology (even longer story). Eventually I realized I didn’t enjoy that work much (or at all by that point) and returned to my childhood dream of being an author (established when I first learned to read, and read A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin). Now I write in multiple genres; Epic Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Regency Romance, Pride & Prejudice Variations, and Children’s Picture books (I know… I should really learn to focus).

My five-novel YA Epic Fantasy Series, Thrice Born, was picked up by Martin Sisters Publishing in 2011, and their faith in me was all the encouragement I needed to start writing up a storm. Then, in 2014, Renata McMann asked me to become her partner in writing Pride & Prejudice Variations (which only fueled the writing madness within me as we’ve had lots of amazon number-one best sellers in the US and around the world).

Now, I’m working on Crown & Dagger Swashbuckling Tales, a (an?) Historical Fiction Series, and my new Dark Epic Fantasy Series, Rise of the Summer God (which is not YA). My Sweet Regency Romance Series, The Ellsworth Sisters Quartet, concludes in 2023, and we’ll see what comes next!

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2024 Events Summer Will be Attending:

The Arizona Renaissance Festival, February 3rd & 4th. Find Summer signing books at Ann Chamberlin Books.

Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together, June 6th – 9th in Cincinnati.

A book signing on Friday, June 7th from 3PM to 5PM at the Holiday Inn, Cincinnati Airport.

A book signing on Saturday, June 8th from 3PM to 5PM at the Holiday Inn, Cincinnati Airport.

At the Appalachian Writer’s Conference at the Historic Boone Tavern in beautiful Berea, Kentucky, September 4th, 5th & 6th.

At the Jane Austen Fan Fiction Writer Reader Get Together, dates TBD.

At the 2024 World Fantasy Convention in Niagara Falls, October 17th – 20th.

And, fingers crossed, at 20 Books in Las Vegas, dates TBA (this one is not for sure yet).

Check back for updates!

Listen to the voice of Legendary News Anchor Bill Kurtis! Summer won Bill Kurtis’s voice when she was a contestant on NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

Summer’s Interviews

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