Celeste Chaney is an American writer, emerging author, and marketer.

Photo by Ted Roxbury

Photo by Ted Roxbury

Her debut novel, In Absence of Fear, examines what it means to be human in a world of algorithmic absolutism. Can society move forward after succumbing to fear and choosing protection over privacy? Can a mass surveillance state remain a democratic one?

Celeste is a Freedom Forum scholar and graduate of the University of Utah. 

Her writing has been recognized by Writer's Digest and featured in CATALYST and The New York Times Magazine.

A compulsive adventurer, she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, traveling and pursuing her private pilot's license.

She lives in a small mountain community outside of Salt Lake City, UT with her husband, Ted Roxbury, and dog, Po.

A compelling novel to tease readers’ paranoia.
— Kirkus Reviews
A thought-provoking novel that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.
— Readers' Favorite
Remarkable!...Leaps ahead where George Orwell left off.
— Alan Rinzler, Editor

REcognition & AwardS


Celeste Chaney's debut novel, In Absence of Fear, was named a 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist in both the general fiction and science fiction categories by Foreword Reviews. 

Winners will be announced in June at the American Library Association's annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

Celeste Chaney's short story The Feed was recognized as a 2015 Writer's Digest Writing Competition Award Winner.


Celeste was awarded the 2006 Al Neuharth Freedom Forum Free Spirit Award and Scholarship for her work as a student journalist.