I hail from a little city called Placentia in sunny Southern California. It’s just a few minutes away from the city of Anaheim which is home to Angel Stadium, the Honda Center, and Disneyland. This suburban city actually became the inspiration for location in a couple story ideas because of its charm and strong community.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
My small city has caring neighbors and a community that sticks together. I love the events that are held for everyone during the holidays, little league baseball, we have a fun fourth of July parade, and- most importantly- Super Bowl Sunday. There’s a strong sense of family through the good and bad. We all genuinely care for each other.
What turns you on creatively?
It’s been my dream to bring to life stories that will inspire as well as take people on fun and profound adventures. That’s what happened to me when I was a child; reading books and watching films of animation and Classic Hollywood. Now, as an adult on the creative/storytelling path, I want to do the same for others.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
Ever since I was a child, my favorite word has been Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It’s just a fun word. Need I say more?
The fun of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious doesn’t have to be just for children, but for those who are children at heart as well.
What is your pet peeve?
The misusing of you’re, your, then, than, passed, past, there, their, and they’re. I know it’s a lot and very common to make these mistakes, but it drives me crazy. I always flinch whenever I see someone use them incorrectly. That’s just the writer in me.
What defines Tay Summerlin?
In the midst of working on my next great idea, I make an effort to spend time with family and friends. I also try to help my fellow creatives with whatever help they need concerning their projects. My hope is that those who come across my work will love it which will motivate me to keep going.
Tay Summerlin is an artist and author from sunny Southern California. Ever since she was a child, storytelling has been a huge part of her life and she expresses that passion throughout all aspects of her work. Originally, Tay graduated from Fullerton College (AA Degree) and Cal State University, Fullerton (BFA in Entertainment Art/Animation) with the intent on becoming a Storyboard Artist in Animation. What she never expected was to discover a hidden love for telling stories through writing. The more she wrote, the more those who knew Tay came to realize just how much potential she had as an author. All then encouraged the young storyteller to continue writing and from that brought forth her very first YA novel. From her art to her writing, Tay uses the skills she gained over the years to create fun and entertaining stories for all to enjoy.