Celesta grew up in an Air Force family and spent her childhood discovering the delights of Nebraska sunsets, Wyoming rodeos, California beaches, and Alabama southern cooking. She always found refuge in libraries, but her enthusiasm for writing truly ignited when she was ten years old and living in Tornado Alley, waiting out rainstorms and tornado sirens by writing short stories. Celesta is an elephant advocate, a musical theater performer, and an active participant in her local writing community. She holds a degree in Sociology and is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She now lives in Utah with her husband and two children, where they have a miniature railroad with a rideable steam train and are involved in an abundance of theater and dance productions.