Summer Kinard is the mother of five, a tea lover, soprano, and author of inspiring novels and curricula for active learners. She writes about faithful people overcoming trials with the help of tea, friendships, and love. Summer’s first novel, Can’t Buy Me Love, was a USA TODAY Happy Ever After pick for Women’s Fiction. Her paranormal Orthodox Christian romance, The Salvation of Jeffrey Lapin, has received glowing reviews from readers. Summer’s next novel, Tea and Crumples, will be out in November 2015 with Light Messages Publishers. All of her novels are secretly set in Durham.
Summer received her M.Div. (summa cum laude, 2003) and Th.M. (2005, early church history and theology) from Duke University Divinity School. She has taught in churches for decades and currently spends most of her instruction time in her homeschool and co-op. Long before she went to grad school, Summer learned to teach in her extended family. Her three younger siblings and dozens of younger cousins are as much an inspiration for her interactive teaching style as her own five children. Her curriculum e-books (Creative Writing for Kids, Hands-On Sunday School Lessons,How to Tell Bedtime Stories) are based on her real teaching life.